A £270,000 scheme to protect homes from flooding in Benfleet will start next week (8th September).

The seven week scheme will see a new storm sewer installed in St Mary’s Drive, Sidwell Chase and High Road. The upgrade will dramatically increase the capacity of the storm sewer network and reduce the risk of flooding to homes in St. Mary’s Drive.

Emma Staples from Anglian Water said: “Flooding of any kind can be extremely distressing which is precisely why we are investing in schemes such as this.

“The extent of the improvements does mean there will be some unavoidable disruption over the coming weeks, and we’re very sorry for that. However, we hope everyone will understand the benefits this scheme will have for the area and recognise that we have tried to keep disruption to an absolute minimum by working evenings and weekends while on High Road, and by only closing one road at a time wherever possible.”

Temporary traffic lights will be installed on High Road to allow the road to remain open throughout. Engineers will be working from 7am to 10pm during the week and at weekends to reduce the duration of the work there.

In order to carry out the work safely, road closures are needed on St Mary’s Drive and Sidwell Chase as teams work from 7.30am to 6pm. A marked diversion will be in place. To minimise disruption only one road will be closed at a time where possible and access will be maintained for residents. Signage and pedestrian barriers will direct footpath users clear of the working area.

Work will start from 8th September 2014 and continue until November 2014.