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Conwy valley flood report

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People in the Conwy valley have been reassured that they are at less risk of flooding after a new report into recent floods was published by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

The report, commissioned after the winter flooding in 2015, demonstrates that the flood water near Llanrwst was about 70 centimetres (over two feet) lower during the event than it would have been if the scheme was not in place.

Without the scheme, the flooding in December 2015 would have been at least as serious as in 2004 and 2005 when over 40 homes and businesses were flooded each time.

During the 2015 floods three homes in Llanrwst were flooded due to a combination of factors.

Keith Ivens, flood risk manager for Natural Resources Wales, said: “This report proves beyond doubt that the scheme to reduce flood risk in the Conwy Valley is a success.

“The Conwy drains a large part of Snowdonia and the floodplain there will always be susceptible to flooding. But the scheme, which was built 8 years ago, does reduce the risk to people’s homes in both Llanrwst and Trefriw.

“The report is important as it provides us with a flood model which we can use to look at the best way to deal with flood risk in the Conwy Valley in the future.”

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