Call made for study of potential flooding sites

Plans to save homes in Berwick from potential flooding problems are being discussed after local people raised concerns.

Sunday, 4th February 2018, 06:44 am
North Road flooding.

Coun Catherine Seymour, Conservative councillor for Berwick North, is leading efforts to investigate possible flooding and drainage weaknesses in the town after being contacted by worried residents.

Now she says Berwick is being pushed as a priority area for study after meetings with Northumberland County Council officers and Northumbrian Water.

There are hopes a Berwick Integrated Drainage Study will be brought forward as soon as possible with detailed flood modelling to highlight any potential problems.

Coun Seymour said some prevention work was carried out after storms Desmond and Eva in 2015/16 but people are concerned about flood risk remaining a problem.

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“I have been contacted by several people with their worries and I feel we need to have a more detailed study of Berwick to discover any weaknesses with local drainage, sewer outfalls from the River Tweed and protection from the river itself,” she said.

“Understandably, people want to know the full situation and how prepared we are, as flooded homes can be horrendous for those affected.

“We also know there are concerns about some areas in Berwick being susceptible to flood waters, including North Road and Newfields.

“As well, a storm tide, such as the tidal surge in 2013 from the North Sea could cause flooding around Sandgate and Quayside area too, so emergency procedures need to be in place.

“I am pleased we will be pushing Berwick Integrated Drainage Study as a priority and I am hopeful it will be treated as such and any necessary work can begin quickly.”

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan added: “I am glad that we are working together to push for this study to protect Berwick residents and our landscape.”

She added: “This has been a very important issue for me for quite some time, which I have raised repeatedly with Northumberland water through meetings and correspondence. We need to ensure that we protect our local residents from potential flooding and our environment from the damage that results from weaknesses with local drainage.”