Tyne & Wear

Northumbrian Water invests £1m into Morpeth flood prevention

RNLI crews rescue a resident of Morpeth, Northumberland
Image caption Morpeth experienced severe flooding during September 2008

Work to reduce the likelihood of flooding in a Northumberland town is to begin next month.

Northumbrian Water plans to invest £1 million to upgrade the sewer network in the Bennett's Walk area of Morpeth.

The company said the work would include constructing a combined sewer overflow and sewage pumping station.

Approved by the Environment Agency, these discharge diluted waste water into watercourses during very heavy rainfall, to protect surrounding land.

The company's project manager, Paul Davison said: "We are committed to working with other agencies to tackle flooding issues."

The work will begin on 6 September and take up to five months.

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