A scheme to help protect homes in Forest Road, Colchester, from the risk of flooding is due to get underway next week (4th August).

The £200,000, eight week scheme by Anglian Water will include constructing 115 metres of new sewer and manholes. This new sewer has been designed to take rainwater away from the road and hard surfaces, protecting nearby homes from flooding which has been a problem in the past.

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “Any type of flooding is understandably very traumatic for those involved. This is why we’re constantly investing in projects like this to improve our network and help reduce the risk of flooding.

“Unfortunately, while we’re working on this project we will need to close part of Forest Road, as well as closing Alyssum Walk to through traffic. Access to the garages on Alyssum Walk will also be restricted during working hours.

“We know this will be disruptive to residents in this area but hope they will understand the importance and the long term benefits and reduced risk of flooding for their neighbours.”

The project is due to be completed by the end of September (24th) and a bus stop on Forest Road will be relocated during the work so the service can continue to run normally.