The River Ouseburn is to be officially diverted tomorrow as part of a £7M scheme to tackle flooding in Newcastle.
The project run by Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency has seen 380m of new river channel installed to divert the Ouseburn, 650m of flood defences, a sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS) and storage of more than 7M litres of surface water and installation of 2km of new sewer pipe and a new storage tank, which will hold up to 450,000 litres of water.
Northumbrian Water project manager Paul Davison said: “It is the first time that Northumbrian Water has worked on a scheme which has involved creating a section of new river channel so that the current channel can be used for storage. This is an innovative and creative solution which will enable us to manage surface water in the natural environment.”
More work is set to be carried out on the scheme, which will be completed in July. This includes completing the construction of flood defences, diversion and construction of surface water outfalls which will discharge surface water from the sewer network into the SuDS basin and creation of the storage basin alongside the existing river channel and reinstatement and landscaping work.