Work carried out to tackle flooding issue in Northumberland village

The extent of the flooding close to the village shop at Christon Bank.
The extent of the flooding close to the village shop at Christon Bank.

A county councillor has said she hopes that a flooding problem has been resolved, after work was carried out to try to tackle the issue.

Coun Kate Cairns said that recent severe flooding at Christon Bank caused havoc with residents living in the area, as well as customers of the village shop and drivers passing through the village.

She said that one drain directly outside the shop and one opposite on the road to Alnwick often breached following heavy rainfall.

At the time of the flooding, Coun Cairns asked Northumberland County Council to look into remedial actions to solve what she has described as being ‘a long-standing issue’.

Following the request, the county council cleaned and jetted the gullies and cut roots which were restricting one of the drains, and ensured all was running well.

Coun Cairns, who is county-council ward member for Longhoughton, is delighted that work has been carried out and hopes it will make a difference in the future.

She said: “I am pleased that officers have responded so promptly, especially in light of the pressure they have been under with flooding all over the county causing damage to property.

“Residents are familiar with the issue and have been very helpful in suggesting solutions.

“I hope these works do the job. The test will be with the next downpour.”