Three quarters of a million pounds is to be invested in Aylsham, Norfolk, to protect homes from flooding.

Anglian Water will be installing new surface water sewers in Rawlinsons Lane and at St Michael’s School from Friday 9th August to increase the amount of water that can be carried away after heavy rainfall.  

The project will dramatically reduce the risk of sewage flooding to homes in the Peterson’s Lane and Cromer Road area where, in the past, drains had been overwhelmed by rain pouring off roofs and the playground during heavy storms.  

Anglian Water is also installing three water butts at St Michael’s School to store rainwater for the children to use to water the school garden.  

The works, which are expected to be completed by early September, make up the first phase of the improvements in Aylsham. Options for the second phase are still being discussed with local representatives.  

Emma Staples, from Anglian Water, said: “We know how distressing sewer flooding can be, and no one should have to suffer it. But unfortunately some homes are more at risk than others, particularly when they experience heavy storms or prolonged periods of rain.   

“This is precisely why we are investing in areas like Aylsham to increase drainage and give residents extra protection and peace of mind against flooding.”  

To allow the work to be carried out as swiftly as possible, part of Rawlinsons Lane – between Blickling Road and the entrance to St Michael’s School – will be closed to traffic from Friday 9th August for two weeks. Through traffic will be diverted along Blickling Road and Peterson’s Lane.  

Emma continued: “The work has been scheduled during the school summer holidays to keep disruption to a minimum and also to allow drainage improvements to be made within the school grounds. We hope the children will enjoy making use of the new water butts in the autumn term, too.  

“As well as continually looking to invest in schemes like this, we also have a team working around the clock, throughout the year to clear sewer blockages, which are another potential cause of flooding.  Our teams proactively jet pipes to keep them clear and protect homes.  

“However, there are steps we can all take to help. Sewage flooding is often caused by blockages in the pipes and pumping stations, which prevent sewage and surface water from flowing through properly. In most cases these blockages are entirely avoidable and caused by people putting the wrong things down sinks and loos, like wet wipes and sanitary products, cooking fats and food leftovers.  

“If we all take action now and choose to dispose of fats, oils and unflushable items responsibly, then the risk of sewer blockages and the horrors of sewage flooding will be significantly reduced.”