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Catchment Management

Reducing the risk of sewer flooding in Goole

Approximately 30 Properties in Attlee Drive and the surrounding neighbourhood will be protected from sewer flooding by the middle of next year (2018). 

We are planning to invest £6 million on a 20m diameter underground storage tank and new sewers to increase the capacity of the sewerage network and reduce the risk of flooding. 

This tank will be capable of holding over 2.5 million litres of storm water in wet weather which is equivalent to the capacity of an Olympic sized swimming pool. 

During heavy rainfall a new sewer will redirect excess waste water from the areas that traditionally flood to the new storage tank where storm water will be stored until the storm has passed. When the rain has stopped the water will be safely returned to the main sewer network. 


Contract partners Mott MacDonald Bentley will be surveying the sewers in Pasture Road, Colonels Walk, Churchill Walk, Attlee Drive and Kennedy Drive. Traffic lights will be used so surveys can be undertaken safely. 

Lee Boshell, Yorkshire Water Project Manager said; “We’re pleased to announce this further investment which will protect about 30 homes in Goole from flooding. We’re writing to customers this week to give them advance notice. Next month we’ll follow this up with a customer meeting and share our detailed plans with the local community and confirm when we are starting work on the project.”   

Goole MP Andrew Percy says, “I’m pleased that Yorkshire Water are continuing to look at options to reduce flood risk in the town following the flooding we experienced here only a few years ago. I have pushed for action as soon as possible on these schemes and I welcome Yorkshire Water investing in these projects to better protect local residents. 

“There are a number of other schemes still being investigated and I hope to be able to update residents further on this in the near future. If residents have any concerns about flood risk, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.” 

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