Yorkshire Water started a project at the beginning of this week which the firm hopes will stop sewer flooding in the Hessle area.

At times of heavy rainfall the sewers in Hessle struggle to cope with the excess amount of water. A £770,000 scheme, which will see the installation of a storm water tank, aims to alleviate this.

The large underground waste storage tank will be installed by Yorkshire Water contractors Mott MacDonald Bentley on the grassed area in Barrow Lane. At times of heavy rainfall this storage tank will hold the excess water before it is pumped away when the system is not overloaded. The tank can hold over 535,000 litres of water.

In other work on site Mott MacDonald will also increase the size of the sewer in Barrow Lane.

The director of asset delivery at Yorkshire water was quoted as saying in the Hull Daily Mail:

“The work we are doing will increase the storage capacity in the network and mean local properties are better protected than ever before.”

There will be a small section of Barrow Lane closed while the work takes place but restrictions are expected to be lifted by the end of May.

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