GIANT cranes will swing into action as the latest stage of a multi-million pound flood defence scheme gets underway.
The £13m Environment Agency project is designed to protect 1,000 homes and businesses in Wrenthorpe.
This weekend ‘U’-shaped concrete blocks will be installed to form a new channel for Balne Beck.
Wrenthorpe Lane will be closed in both directions from the junction with Lindale Lane to the junction of Silcoates Lane from 8am to 3pm on Saturday.
Traffic will be diverted in down Silcoates Lane but residents will still be able to access their homes.
Joe Noake, project manager, said: “Using ready-made blocks allows us to quickly create a new channel for the stream.
“We’ve arranged the crane for a Saturday to try to minimise the traffic disruption and we’ll work as quickly as possible to get the blocks into place.
“Our work in Wrenthorpe will benefit everyone as it is improving the protection from flooding for local roads, as well as people’s homes and businesses.”
After the blocks have been secured into place, work will start to create raised banks to provide even greater protection for homes and businesses in the area.
The project is set to finish in December.
The Environment Agency is also creating a water storage space for Ings Beck which is should be finished in November.
Work on Westgate to install a new culvert to carry the river underneath the road is expected to be completed next February.
In 2007 large areas of the city were left under water after massive floods.
The flood defence scheme is designed to help avoid a repeat of the devastation which affected hundreds of homes and businesses.