VIDEO: Flooding damage and debris in Washington park

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COUNCIL bosses have vowed to clear a Wearside waterway over fears it could collapse following recent downpours.

Residents say paths and bridges have become badly water-damaged at Washington’s Princess Anne Park – near to the Galleries shopping centre.

Drew Grant on one of the culverts over the Oxclose Burn in Princess Anne Park, Washington. He is concerned that the recent floods have left debris against the bridges and culvert entrances increasing erosion of the banks and the risk of further flooding.

Drew Grant on one of the culverts over the Oxclose Burn in Princess Anne Park, Washington. He is concerned that the recent floods have left debris against the bridges and culvert entrances increasing erosion of the banks and the risk of further flooding.

Storms have made heavy block stone supports – designed to keep riverbanks stable – loose, with some falling into streams forcing flowing water to take alternative courses, further loosening earth. Regular visitor Drew Grant claims it was only a matter of time before further damage is caused.

The 67-year-old, of Washington, said: “During last summer’s storms, the lining on the lower pond was breached, yet nothing has been done to repair this, and the matter has only got worse.

“Something needs to be done before there is a collapse and someone gets hurt.”

Sunderland City Council chiefs said engineers are working on a programme to sort out any damage.

James Blackburn, the portfolio holder for city services, said: “Due to its nature, access into the park for the large machinery required to do the work is likely to prove difficult.

“This means some preliminary work will have to take place to enable equipment to access the park before the scheme proper can begin, most likely in the autumn.”