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Pickering in £400k boost to reduce flood risk
11:09am Wednesday 29th August 2012 in News
A £400,000 project to reduce the risk of sewer flooding in Kirkbymoorside has been completed by Yorkshire Water.
Engineering specialists Mott MacDonald Bentley has been working since January to install a new storage pipe which will collect storm water during wet weather and hold it until it is safe to be released back into the local sewer network.
The large underground storage pipe was installed in Manor Close and is capable of storing about 120,000 litres of storm water.
The storage pipe will hold the water until it’s safe to release it back into the local sewer network.
Previously, the combined surface water and waste water system in the area could not cope with flows during times of heavy rainfall and this led to incidents of flooding.
In order to reduce the risk of this happening, the company has invested £400,000 to increase the capacity of the sewerage system.
New sewer pipes have also been laid in the road along Dale End, Gillamoor Road, Manor Close and Manor Vale.
Dominic Cunney, Yorkshire Water project manager, said despite the scale and nature of the project, the Mott MacDonald Bentley site team has been praised by many residents for keeping the site clean and tidy and for the workers’ courteousness.
“We recognise that any work of this magnitude will always cause some disruption and we’re pleased to announce that this project is now complete,” he said.
“We believe, like our customers, that sewer flooding is unacceptable – and while we can’t tackle the problem by ourselves, this latest investment underlines our continuing commitment to playing our part in helping to reduce the risk of sewer flooding to our customers and operating as a responsible company dedicated to providing customers with the best possible service.
“We’d like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation while we carried out this essential scheme and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”