York & North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Water starts £950k York flood works

A water company has begun work on a £950,000 project to "drastically reduce" the risk of sewer flooding to properties in York.

Yorkshire Water is installing two 195ft (60m) long pipes and a pumping station to protect houses in Portland Street.

The pipes will retain 380,000 litres of water and hold it until it can be released back into the sewer network.

The company said the work would "significantly increase the capacity" of its sewerage system.

Work began on Monday in the grounds of Bootham Hospital and is expected to last six months.

Yorkshire Water project manager, Dominic Cunney, said: "The work will drastically reduce the risk of internal flooding from the local sewerage system to 10 homes, and we feel it is appropriate and right that we tackle this problem."

Guildhall ward councillor Brian Watson said flooding had been a "consistent problem" in the area.

"I would say it is money well spent. It seems a lot but the value of it compared to what people are having to pay out for properties damaged by flooding evens out," he said.

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