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Drainage crews repairing York’s gullies

Published Tuesday, 1 September 2020

City of York Council’s draining team is working to repair gullies across the city, including approximately four miles worth of drainage gullies on Hull Road, as part of a three phased scheme to improve drainage and reduce flood risk in the area.

Works are taking place on the Hull Road area between Kexby and the Grimston roundabout, between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday. The scheme will help prevent surface water flooding on the road, which has caused localised flooding in the past.

The works are part of a £540k three phased scheme, funded through the council’s capital programme, which is being split over a nine month period. Phase one is taking place now, with phases two and three set to take place in the New Year.

The council’s drainage team is also in the process cleaning every gully in the city centre in preparedness for the winter season. This work will extend to other areas of York too. This includes jetting crews working seven days a week to jet wash all gullies clean of leaves and debris, which will help prevent a build-up of dirt and cause flood risk issues.

Cllr Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said:

“We want to future proof our highway and gullies from risk of flooding and this scheme on Hull Road will mean we have the right infrastructure in place to deal with the ever changing weather patterns. The work that our frontline drainage team does is vital and will really help protect residents’ homes and businesses in York.”

To find out more about how the council’s is working with partners to help reduce flooding in York, through its flood risk strategy, visit: www.york.gov.uk/FloodRiskStrategy