WORK is underway in Catshill to alleviate the risk of flooding with new grids on the local drainage system to prevent drains getting blocked with debris.

The new grids, which are being installed by Bromsgrove District Council in Green Lane, Wildmoor Lane and Golden Cross Lane, should be completed before April, and once in place they should allow water to get through into the culverts more efficiently when the stream levels rise.

The new scheme will hopefully reduce the risk of flooding to a number of houses in the Catshill area.

The work is the first stage in a bid to replace 13 grids throughout the Bromsgrove district at a cost of £54,000, with £18,000 being spent on the five grids in Catshill.

More of the grids are due to be replaced after April at the Bromsgrove bus station, All Saint’s Church, Little Heath Lane and the Strand, as well as on New Road, St Chad’s and Beacon Close in Rubery.

Catshill ward member and civic head Councillor Helen Jones, said: “Every time it rains residents are fearful that their homes will flood.

“I am pleased the works were passed by the council and it’s great to see them underway as it will mean peace of mind for so many people.”