Flood repairs start in Corbridge

Work is underway to repair flood defences in Corbridge

Work has begun to repair flood defences in a Northumberland town, which were damaged during last winter.

Recovery work at Corbridge will be carried out by the Environment Agency and will permanently repair flood defences.

The work is will taking place in three locations.

At Devils Water a 20 metre scour to the inside of the flood bank will be repaired, with work expected to last until the end of September.

At Stanners Bank, the Environment Agency will be repairing 10 metres of bank erosion near to the Cricket Club, and modifying the crest levels of the ramp so it matches the height of the flood wall.

There will also be the installation of 6 metre long sheet piles to stabilise the toe of the embankment further down from the Cricket Club.

The work near the Cricket Club is expected to last until November.

It will permanently repair flood defences to the standard of protection they provided before the winter flooding this past December.

The work is part of a £3million Environment Agency recovery programme to restore damaged flood defences.

Tynedale was the North East area most affected by winter floods, which saw record rainfall drop on to already saturated land, leading to some of the highest river levels since 1771.