Green solution to flooding in county town

A green solution to flooding will be implemented in a south east Northumberland town.

Northumbrian Water will use an innovative solution to help to reduce the risk of flooding in Cramlington.

On Monday, October 20, the water company will start work on the creation of a detention basin – a landscaped area shaped in such a way that it will store excess surface water during intensive storms.

The basin, which is seen as a sustainable solution to tackle surface water flooding, will be located on open land adjacent to Lancastrian Road, Mirlaw Road and Megstone Avenue.

The £370,000 scheme will also involve the installation of 110 metres of upsized sewer pipe along Megstone Avenue and is expected to take up to three months to complete.

Beatrice Brindley, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding in an efficient and sustainable way, to ensure we are prepared for the future, is one of our top priorities.

“This detention basin is an innovative approach to preventing surface water run-off, which is a crucial element in our efforts to help protect homes from flooding.

“Residents and commuters should be assured that we are working closely with Northumberland County Council to do all we can to keep disruption and inconvenience to a minimum.”

Temporary traffic management will be in place throughout the course of the work and construction traffic will need access to all working areas and to the site compound, which will be located on Lancastrian Road.

For further information call Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100.