Corbridge flood work complete

Work is complete on new flood prevention measures for Corbridge.

The council has finalised a comprehensive scheme to upgrade the surface water drainage system in and around Station Road and Tinklers Bank  - where many houses were severely affected by flooding during Storm Desmond in December 2015.

A new highway drainage system has been built along Station Road and a new outfall runs through Tynedale Rugby Club, replacing the existing culvert which was badly damaged during Storm Desmond.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services with the County Council, said: “We understand how distressing this flooding was for the people of Corbridge and other towns and villages which were affected.

“This council has been working tirelessly since the severe weather in winter 2015 to clean-up and repair roads and infrastructure both in Corbridge and the wider area and this major piece of work will be vital in protecting the town in the future.

“We appreciate the support from local residents during these works and did all we could to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Councillor Nick Oliver, whose own family home in Corbridge was flooded during the storms, said he was delighted the improvement works were now finished.

He said: “It’s fantastic that this scheme, which is vital for the people of Corbridge, is now complete.

“I know first hand the effects the floods had on Corbridge and other parts of the county. It was important the council and other agencies did everything they could to ensure the town was better protected in the future.”

Although the drainage scheme is now complete, road resurfacing work is continuing and is expected to be finished at the end of this week.

Throughout the project the county council has worked closely with the parish council, Corbridge Flood Action Group and Tynedale Rugby Club.
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