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Work begins to reduce flood risk at Llanfair Talhaiarn

Natural Resources Wales has started work on a scheme to reduce the risk of flooding for more than 30 homes and businesses in Llanfair Talhaiarn.

The work will improve drainage into the River Elwy and provide better access to silt traps on the Nant Barrog, which will make them easier to clear when floods threaten.

New pipes will drain flood water and surface water from the car park of the Black Lion pub and a new ditch will drain the playing field to the River Elwy.

Keith Ivens, Flood Risk Manager at Natural Resources Wales said:

“Having your home or business flooded is a distressing experience as the people of Llanfair Talhaiarn know all too well.

"This is the second of a three-phase longer-term project to reduce their flood risk.

“We have already developed a community flood plan with Community Flood Wardens and all residents who are at risk of flooding have been offered individual property protection products.

“However, we cannot eliminate the risk of flooding, so we do encourage people to register for our free Flood Warning service which can give people valuable time to prepare themselves and their homes.”

The scheme will improve the standard of flood protection to 27 residential properties and 5 commercial businesses at risk from surface and drainage water flooding.

Llanfair Talhaiarn has a history of flooding problems, most recently in November 2012 where significant flooding to property and widespread disruption was experienced in the community.

The construction work is expected to take around 8 weeks to complete and is funded by the Welsh Government’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid Budget.

Natural Resources Wales is working with Conwy Borough Council to look at longer term solutions to further reduce flood risk in the area.

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