WORK to protect Seaham Harbour’s North Pier from flooding has been awarded a £2.3million boost.
The cash is part of a £4million project to be carried out across County Durham after Durham County Council’s bids to the Environment Agency were successful.
The authority put forward the cases after significant flooding caused by extreme rainfall in 2012. Councillor Brian Stephens, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “We are currently seeing how flooding is having a devastating effect on people’s lives and businesses in the south of England.
“Many people here in County Durham have also experienced the disruption and difficulties that flooding can cause, and this is something we want to try to prevent in the future.
“This funding will allow us to go ahead with important schemes which are designed to protect towns and villages.”
Chester-le-Street has been given £120,000 for flood prevention work as part of the same project.