Efforts to alleviate flooding face delays
Work on a £1million flood alleviation project will be delayed due to difficult ground conditions, Yorkshire Water have revealed.
Since January, the company has been working in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to increase the level of flood protection and mitigation around Pasture Terrace and Willow Grove, Beverley.
Sewers in this area can be overwhelmed with surface water run off from the Westwood Pasture in times of extreme rainfall.
This £1million project will significantly increase the system’s ability to handle surface water.
Engineering specialists, Mott MacDonald Bentley, are increasing the capacity of the sewerage network by constructing a large underground storage tank at the corner of Pasture Terrace and York Road.
Once completed, this will be capable of storing more than 800,000 litres of waste water - the equivalent volume to 10,000 domestic baths - which will significantly help in taking pressure off the local sewerage network during periods of heavy rainfall.
The pumps within the storage tank will be able to return the stored water back to the sewer at a rate of 40 litres per second.
Yorkshire Water are planning to complete construction by the end of August and overall completion to be in early September. This is slightly later than originally expected due to difficult ground conditions with hard rock and with workers having to hand-dig because cables from other services were found in the road.
Gary Collins, flood project engineer at Yorkshire Water, comments: “Our work to reduce the risk of flooding across the region continues unabated, and this partnership project is just the latest example of how we’re working together to deliver huge improvements to local drainage and flood protection and make a positive difference to the communities we serve.
“Our storage tank and sewer improvements are just one part of this project, with the council planning to build a flood wall which will further help to reduce the risk of flooding in the area in the future.”
The company would like to thank residents for their continued patience during this essential scheme. For more information, visit yorkshirewater.com/Beverley.
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