Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency announced today completion of the £7 million flood reduction scheme in Brunton Park, Newcastle.
The scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to more than one hundred properties in Mitford Gardens, Princes Close, Fairway Close, Princes Road, Waterbury Road and Clayworth Road.
The three sources of flooding in Brunton Park were from the water company’s surface and foul sewer networks and from the River Ouseburn.
Work involved installing 380 meters of new river channel to divert the Ouseburn from the area that suffers from flooding; using the current section of Ouseburn river channel and a new storage basin to drain and store more than seven million liters of surface water; constructing 650 meters of flood defenses (walls and earth embankment) and installing two kilometers of new sewer pipe and a new storage tank, which will hold up to 450,000 liters of water.
The newly created river channel and storage basin, known as SuDS (sustainable urban drainage system), will also create a valuable wetland habitat for wildlife. Kingfisher perches and an otter holt will also be installed.