£1m flood alleviation work nears completion

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The completion of a £1million flood alleviation project in Beverley is now due to be fully complete in early October, after delays caused by difficult ground conditions.

The scheme, which will protect homes in the Pasture Terrace and Willow Grove areas, has been underway since January. It had been expected to be completed early this month.

But a spokesman for Yorkshire Water, which is working in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire council, said progress has been slower than expected and work is now due to be fully complete in early October.

“Due to difficult ground conditions and work in the road requiring hand-digging at times progress has been slower than we expected,” he said.

“Also a significant number of cables and pipes from other utilities found in the excavation area has caused slow progress as we need to dig very carefully in order to prevent damage to these.”

The spokesman added that the company would like to thank local residents for their continued patience and apologises for any inconvenience caused, but said customers’ water and sewerage services would not be affected.

The project will significantly increase the ability of the sewerage system to handle surface water. In times of extreme rainfall such as the major flooding which struck the East Riding in 2007 sewers in the area can be overwhelmed with surface water run off from the Westwood pasture.

Engineering specialists Mott MacDonald Bentley, who are the contract partners carrying out the work, are increasing the capacity of the sewerage network by constructing a large underground storage tank at the corner of Pasture Terrace and York Road.

Once completed, this will be capable of storing more than 800,000 litres of waste water - the equivalent volume to 10,000 domestic baths - which will significantly help in taking pressure off the local sewerage network during periods of heavy rain.

The pumps within the storage tank will be able to return the stored water back to the sewer at a rate of 40 litres per second.