North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership
(NPAONBP) and Durham County Council
January / February 2011 - 3 weeks (extended due to exceptionally bad weather)
The four households concerned had been affected by flooding for the last three years although no significant water damage had occurred inside any of the homes due to preparation by the householders, with support from the fire service and council sand bagging during high flows. The fire service were required to attend the houses in 2005, 2007 and again in 2008. Residents had noticed flooding occurring more frequently in the past seven years. Two problems were identified – land based surface water run-off from nearby farmland onto the A689 where it travelled into gardens and garages, and the River Wear which flows past on the western boundary. They approached the NPAONBP to obtain grants from the EA to complete the work.
All properties were different and required a bespoke approach. The main concern of the householders was that the barriers used were not visually obtrusive and easy to deploy. 9 bespoke Flood Angel Defender door barriers were installed along with two 50mm backwater valves, 4 air bricks, 1 air brick cover and a toilet bung. A 110mm diameter backflow valve was positioned within a surface water drain run which discharges into the river to prevent floodwater surging back into the houses when the Wear is running high.