WORK has started on a scheme to improve drainage at a notorious flooding hot spot which causes traffic chaos in Allerton Bywater.
A pumping station will be installed on a stretch of Leeds Road which has a history of becoming deluged in bad weather – forcing motorists to make a 7km detour to travel across the village when the road is closed.
Engineering work has now started on the underground facility and other drainage works thanks to a scheme by Leeds City Council, the Environment Agency and Allerton Bywater Parish Council.
Kippax and Methley Coun James Lewis, who called for the project, said: “Flooding along this stretch of Leeds Road has been a persistent problem formotorists, pedestrians and local residents over the years and my council colleagues and I have been working closely with the Environment Agency to find a solution.
“We are delighted that work has now started on this scheme which will not only keep the road clear of flood water but will also protect nearby homes.
“The fruition of this scheme has been achieved through a joint effort, but with special mention for the invaluable support from Allerton Bywater Parish Council.
“We will continue to monitor the situation.”
The road often floods in bad weather and cars travelling through the water often cause it to gush into low-lying homes nearby. The problem is made worse when the existing valves to drain the road are backed up by water from nearby washlands flooded by the River Aire.
The pumping station will mean that during periods of flood risk, water will be transported from the road and deposited behind the flood defence banking which protects the village. Leeds Road will also be resurfaced during the project.
Visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk for flooding information.