Water firm’s solution to flood issue

Residents of a flood prone area are being invited to find out more about proposals to help prevent flooding in the town.

Northumbrian Water is inviting people in Cramlington to find out more about plans to create a novel solution to help prevent flooding in the Megstone Avenue area.

The water company plans to create a detention basin – a landscaped area shaped in such a way that during intensive storms it will store excess surface water, which is the first of its kind undertaken by Northumbrian Water.

The excess surface water will spill into the detention basin via an overflow pipe, which will then drain back into the public sewer system.

It is proposed to locate the basin on open land between Lancastrian Road and Megstone Avenue.

A drop-in session where people can meet members of the project team to discuss the plans and offer their thoughts will be held at nearby Hareside Primary School on Thursday, February 6, from 3pm to 6pm.

Beatrice Brindley, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We fully appreciate the upset and devastation that flooding can cause, that is why reducing the risk to customers’ homes and businesses is a top priority.

“We are working with our consultants to develop a sustainable option to store surface water during heavy rainfall.”