Darlington flood prevention work to start

Image caption Pipes carrying the Cocker Beck frequently block with debris

Flood prevention work costing £30,000 is to due to start in Darlington.

Pipes carrying the Cocker Beck under the road at Waterside frequently block with debris, increasing the risk of localised flooding.

The installation of a new rubbish screen and other work will make it easier for the Environment Agency to keep the water flowing.

The work on the tributary of the River Skerne is expected to take three weeks to complete.

Sean Bates, operations delivery team member for the Environment Agency, said: "The culvert on Waterside blocks regularly so it is important that we do this work to reduce the risk of flooding to properties nearby.

"As well as making it easier for our officers to clear debris, the new screen will also make it much safer for our officers to do the work in the future."

During the work, the beck will be dammed so that a concrete base can be laid in the riverbed. Once this is set, a steel rubbish screen will be attached.

The work is due to begin on 14 September.

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