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Earthworks for Tyne Green flood defences to start next week

Work on £65,000 new flood embankments to reduce the risk of flooding at Tyne Green in Hexham from the River Tyne is set to start on Monday, according to the Environment Agency.

Local residents have pooled individual grants made available to them following flooding over the winter period of 2015/16 to fund the work.

The Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council worked closely with Tyne Green residents, Northumbrian Water and Network Rail to provide a creative solution.

The flood embankment, to be built by Breheny Civil Engineering, has been designed to protect against a flood event similar to that experienced by Tyne Green residents during Storm Desmond.

Environment Agency project manager Chris Hood said: “The start of this work marks the final step in what has been a long and difficult journey for local residents. I would like to thank them for their support and continued patience while we have worked together with Network Rail and others to find the best and most cost-effective solution at Tyne Green.

“They have used their initiative and all worked together to pool their grants which has allowed us to be able to build this flood bank. We hope this protection afforded by the new defence will now provide local residents with peace of mind when bad weather threatens in the future.”

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