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MP welcomes new Yarmouth sewer

PUBLISHED: 10:30 30 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:14 30 June 2010

The MP for Great Yarmouth yesterday welcomed the completion of a £4.7m sewer upgrade in an area of the town badly affected by major flash floods.

Mr Wright joined officials from Anglian Water at Northgate Street to celebrate the unveiling of the area's new pumping station, kilometre of sewer and underground storage tank.

The MP for Great Yarmouth yesterday welcomed the completion of a £4.7m sewer upgrade in an area of the town badly affected by major flash floods.

Mr Wright joined officials from Anglian Water at Northgate Street to celebrate the unveiling of the area's new pumping station, kilometre of sewer and underground storage tank.

The work means that the Northgate Street area will have three times the level of protection of normal sewers.

Yesterday's completion will come as a relief to residents of the area as it has been subject to several torrential flash floods as the Victorian sewer system failed to cope with large surges of water.

In 1999, flash floods saw children take to the water in a canoe along Northgate Street and John Vale the landlord of the Sportsman's Arms vainly tried to keep out water with his own mini-flood defence barriers.

Then in September 2006 parts of the road were covered in 3ft of rainwater and homes were evacuated as 27mm of rain fell in just 24 hours.

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