WORKS to protect homes in Highbridge from sewer flooding will start next month.

The works, which are partly funded by Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) and Somerset County Council, will be carried out by Wessex Water and will alleviate flooding in and around Field Way thanks to a new surface water pumping station and pipework.

The works, which start on February 24, will see the Worston Lane footpath/cycle path closed for six months and a section of Pepperall Road closed.

Wessex Water said clear diversions will be in place for pedestrians and cyclists accessing The King Alfred School fields.

Wessex Water is hosting a drop-in session at The King Alfred School in Burnham Road on Monday, January 20.

Staff will be at the school from 3pm to 7.30pm to answer questions about the work.

Wessex Water’s Maria Maillo, who is coordinating the work, said: “We’re working in partnership with SRA, the county council and the Internal Drainage Board to deliver these essential improvements that will protect people’s homes from flooding.

“The road, cycle path and footway closures are essential to carry out the works safely and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this will cause.

“We’ll do everything we can to minimise disruption and complete work as quickly as possible.”

As a partner on the scheme, SRA is using Government Growth Deal funds from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.

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