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Ystradgynlais flood scheme launched

A £2.6m flood scheme to reduce flood risk to 228 homes and 12 businesses in Ystradgynlais is being officially opened today (15 November, 2013) by Natural Resources Wales.

At a special ceremony this morning attended by officers from Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Government, Powys County Council, and contractors Birse Civils and Arup, a plaque will be unveiled which will be placed at the site of the scheme.

Work began on the Welsh Government-funded scheme in October 2012 and was completed this summer.

It involved building a new flood wall along the river bank next to Heol Glantawe and Tawe Park to contain floodwater in the River Tawe during periods of heavy rain.

Parts of the existing highway wall along Heol Giedd, College Row and Pantyffynnon Road, have also been replaced and strengthened to provide a better level of flood protection.

The area is at a high risk of flooding, and as the River Tawe responds very quickly to rainfall, Natural Resources Wales is often only able to provide a very short warning period.

As part of the project, officers have also worked with Powys County Council and local community groups to improve the area for local people to enjoy. This has included planting trees and creating new habitats the Ynyscedwyn Ironworks Park, the Gorsedd Circle and the public areas along Heol Giedd.

Phill Pickersgill, from Natural Resources Wales said:

“Since this scheme has been operational, many people in the area have already benefited from the extra protection it provides, especially during the recent stormy weather.

“The area has been prone to flooding in the past, affecting both homes and businesses, disrupting people’s livelihoods and the local economy.

“We can’t always prevent flooding from happening, but this new scheme in Ystradgynlais will mean that the community is better protected and better prepared for it.”

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