A major scheme to protect a flood-hit area of Ipswich will get underway this month.

Anglian Water is spending nearly £2 million on larger sewers, improved road drainage and a large underground storage tank which will dramatically increase the capacity of the local sewer network and reduce the risk of flooding to homes in Lovetofts Drive and Daimler Road. Previously, drains there had been swamped by rainwater pouring off roofs and roads during heavy storms.  

Anglian Water is also proposing a pioneering, sustainable drainage system (SuDS) be created. The shallow wetland filled with plants that slow and soak up rainwater would improve the area’s natural drainage further while being an attractive focal point and home for wildlife.  

Plans for the SuDS Park are currently being finalised with the land owners, but it’s hoped the build can start next year once the traditional works are complete.  

In a third component of the scheme, Anglian Water is also offering a free water butt to each home in the area where the works are taking place.  

Jonathan Glerum, Flood Risk Manager for Anglian Water, said: “Flooding of any kind can be extremely distressing which is precisely why we are investing in schemes such as this.  

“Daimler Road is a particularly vulnerable area so we are pleased to get this project underway to reduce the risk of flooding for our customers there.  

“The extent of the improvements does mean there will be some unavoidable traffic disruption over the coming months, and we’re sorry for that. We will do all we can to keep this to a minimum, but hopefully people will understand that, once complete, this project will bring real benefits to the area.”  

Three road closures and diversions, ranging from three to six weeks, will be in place between 16th September 2013 and February 2014 on Foden Road, Kerry Avenue, Maudsley Road and Lovetofts Drive.  

Dr Dan Poulter MP, for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, said: “This (proposed) scheme stands to make a great deal of difference to residents at Lovetofts Drive and Daimler Road by significantly reducing the amount of flood water affecting their homes as a result of heavy rain.  

“This is something that we have been looking forward to for a long time and I am pleased the new drainage improvements will soon be in place.”  

The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014 and is being funded by Anglian Water with support from Suffolk Flood Risk Management Partnership and Ipswich Borough Council who own some of the land that will be used.