ALMO flood tenants cannot return 'for months'
Tenants of an arm’s-length management organisation who were evacuated from their homes due to damage from flooding cannot return to their flats for ‘several months’.
Your Homes Newcastle had to evacuate two blocks of 18 flats at Hareside Walk and Hareside Close in Newburn outside Newcastle after the foundations of a neighbouring apartment block were washed away.
A burst culvert meant that privately owned Spencer Court was evacuated for fear it would collapse.
The 31,000-home ALMO said today that the access road and adjacent land is unsafe, and any more extreme weather could cause further problems.
YHN said tenants will be unable to access their homes whilst work is underway to repair the culvert and stabilise the land around the flats – and this ‘may take several months to complete’.
A statement from the ALMO said: ‘YHN is working intensively to support the affected households to make sure their immediate needs are met and that they are able to access alternative housing quickly.
‘They will contact tenants as soon as it is safe to access the flats to collect personal belongings, however engineers have confirmed that it is not safe to do so at the moment. Their technical team will continue to inspect the estate over the weekend.’
Newcastle Council is to hold an inquiry into the flooding at Newburn.
This was announced last night at a meeting with residents to discuss the situation at Spencer Court – the property which will now have to be demolished as a result of the damage caused by the flooding.
The council’s cabinet member for quality of life, Henri Murison, chaired the meeting also attended by the builders of Spencer Court Dunelm and the Northumberland Estates, owners of a culvert which collapsed causing the floodings.
Mr Murison said: ‘Residents have been understandably devastated by the flooding at Spencer Court, the surrounding area and businesses along the High Street at Newburn.
‘Many felt that they did not get the answers to their questions last night. I hope by the council looking into the events at Spencer Court we can start to make sense of what has happened and how all those affected can be helped while their lives are disrupted.
‘The council is determined to do all that it can to support those affected and help the parties involved to rectify the situation as soon as possible.’
Meanwhile, an excavator moved into the dene behind Spencer Court today to remove debris from the mouth of a large drainage pipe to ensure that rainwater forecast for Sunday can flow away from the area and not fill the dene.
Each of the affected households is immediately eligible for a one-off emergency cash payment based on family size, the council said.