Reducing the risk of flooding in North Tyneside

Over recent years there have been numerous floods all over the UK which has brought the issue to the forefront of local authorities’ agendas.

In June 2012, North Tyneside experienced a major storm of its own, which became known locally as Thunder Thursday. The north east received June’s average monthly rainfall over a two hour period. The storm followed several weeks of very wet weather, with rain falling onto already saturated grounds, and water that would usually soak into fields and other green areas flowed onto already flooded roads. The rapidly rising water levels affected more than 300 homes across North Tyneside as well as many public buildings.

Fast facts

  • The Capita North Tyneside partnership was formed in 2012 to deliver a range of technical services including engineering; property; planning; building control and public protection
  • In June 2012, North Tyneside experienced ‘Thunder Thursday’, receiving June’s average monthly rainfall over a two hour period.
  • The council invested £4.5m to reduce flooding
  • 30 improvement schemes led by Capita have been completed which have increased flood protection for hundreds of families 

Taking action

Following this event, North Tyneside Surface Water and Drainage Partnership was formed to bring together a range of organisations to improve how the borough prepares for and deals with future flooding. These included North Tyneside Council, Capita, Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and emergency services. The council committed to investing £4.5million to help reduce the flooding risk in the borough.

What we’ve done to reduce the risk of flooding

We have been investigating flooding issues, developing solutions and managing the construction of flood alleviation schemes. Our surface water team on North Tyneside has worked with the council to prioritise a programme of around 40 major improvement schemes. So far around 30 schemes have been completed, increasing the flood protection for hundreds of homes. In 2016 a £1.5m scheme, managed by Capita, gets underway for the benefit of the MonkseatonMurton, Shiremoor and Wellfield areas. The main cause of flooding issues in the area is the uncontrolled flow of surface water from adjacent fields.

The project involves capturing and storing surface water runoff and releasing it in a more controlled manner into improved drainage channels. The first phase of work will see the installation of three dry storage basins, the equivalent of four Olympic-sized swimming pools. In addition to flood alleviation schemes, we have worked with the council to develop an operational Flood Action Plan. This identifies a tailored response for priority sites where either properties are potentially at risk of flooding, or there are essential routes to support the emergency response.

Keeping residents informed

We know that keeping residents informed of progress is important. That’s why we regularly produce a publication called ‘Reducing the risk of flooding in North Tyneside’ which is available in all borough libraries.

This identifies a tailored advance response for priority sites where properties or vital highway infrastructure is potentially at risk of flooding. As soon as the areas are identified as being at risk from severe rainfall, dedicated resources are sent to the area to install emergency protection measures.

"Throughout I have been kept in touch about road closures and access to my property. The area has been kept clean and safe, the men worked long hours, even under floodlights to complete the project. The road has been thoroughly cleaned and I can get the car into my garage again."

North Tyneside resident