New flood defences on show

The completed flood wall in Warkworth.
The completed flood wall in Warkworth.

Thirty-five homes in Warkworth are now protected from river and tidal flooding thanks to new Environment Agency flood defences.

Work began on the 230-metre-long flood wall, with sandstone cladding, at The Butts in March and it was completed in September.

There are two flood gates in the new concrete structure which allow for access to nearby grassland.

The project, which cost £350,000, was funded by the Local Levy and Government Grant in Aid.

Tomorrow, residents and members of Warkworth Parish Council are invited to meet Environment Agency staff, as well as the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee chairman Jon Hargreaves to view the new flood defences and see the flood gates in operation.

It comes a year on from the tidal surge that hit the country’s coastline and flooded three properties in the village.

Alan Cadas, operations manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Warkworth has a history of flooding from the River Coquet.

“This can happen when river levels are high, but also when tides are high and the sea surges up the river.

“A year ago there were no formal flood defences in Warkworth and a number of residents suffered from flooding during the tidal surge that hit the North East coast on December 5, 2013.

“These new flood defences, which we have worked with the parish council and local residents to develop, will provide valuable protection against major rainfall and tidal flooding in the future.”