£500k investment to end flooding problems

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 October 2011 | UPDATED: 16:58 10 October 2011

The new tank should cut flood risks

The new tank should cut flood risks

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A WATER company has invested half a million pounds in Weston to help reduce flooding in the area.

Wessex Water has begun work on a new underground storage tank opposite the junction of Ashbury Drive and Milton Hill.

The current system has often become overwhelmed with sewage and water leading to properties in the area flooding recently.

The tank will enable the sewage network to cope with increased rainfall in winter.

Andy Palmer, project manager for the scheme, said: “We have been investigating ways of alleviating this ongoing flooding problem for some time.

“Having established the benefits that this tank will bring to residents it was vital that we completed construction work as soon as possible.”

The new tank will be able to store excess water after heavy rainfall before releasing it into the sewage system when water levels have lowered.

The work, which has just started, will be completed by Christmas.

The roads will be disrupted while the work is carried out, although Wessex Water says it is keeping a designated lane for through traffic open along with residential access.

Mr Palmer said: “We would like to thank residents for their continued understanding while the works are taking place and we will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum.”

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