Two more months of anti-flood work for Beverley homes
HOMEOWNERS have been told a huge anti-flooding construction project outside their houses will run for at least another two months.
Work on the £1 million alleviation project at Pasture Terrace and Willow Grove in Beverley is aimed at reducing the risk of flooding like that experienced in June 2007.
Since January, Yorkshire Water has been working on a large underground tank at the corner of Pasture Terrace and York Road.
Work should have been finished this month and the building site returned to pasture.
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But harder-than-expected rock and the presence of underground pipes from other utilities companies have caused delays.
Residents in Willow Grove, whose homes would otherwise have prized views of the Westwood, say they have no complaints about the work of the contractors.
Muriel Daglish, 88, said: "It's been to do with the bad weather and also the kind of ground. And they've had a very restricted area to work in because they need a lot of large vehicles. I think they've done very well.
"It was terrible in the floods. I was in my house when I realised it was coming in.
"It was coming under the front door and it was hopeless. I just took as much furniture up to the first floor as I could and my next door neighbour took me to my sister's."
Miss Daglish was away from home for two years and still lives predominantly upstairs.
She said: "This delay doesn't worry me too much. It's quite interesting to watch them work."
Her neighbour, Linda Glazzard, 56, said: "They're doing their best. The weather has been appalling.
"It's better that the work is being done and they're such nice workmen."
Once completed, the tank will be capable of storing more than 800,000 litres of waste water, the equivalent volume to 10,000 domestic baths. It is hoped that will take pressure off the local sewerage network during periods of heavy rainfall.
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.
The large underground storage tank is being constructed by engineering specialists Mott MacDonald Bentley.
Once the work is completed East Riding Council is planning to build a flood wall, which will help reduce the risk of flooding in the area in the future.