Next steps for St Asaph flood scheme

People in St Asaph are being invited to a public drop-in session, run by Natural Resources Wales, to find out more about the next steps towards improving flood defences in the city.

Funding of £3 million was confirmed for the scheme by the Welsh Government at the end of last year, enabling construction to start in 2016.

The scheme will see flood defences enhanced in the city and at other locations, benefitting 414 properties and the wider area.

It will also bring recreational benefits by improving St Asaph’s foot and cycle-paths, and a boost to biodiversity by planting trees and improving the Glascoed stream.

People can see the plans for the scheme on Thursday 4 February, 2016 at the Council Meeting Rooms, Roe Plas Meadows, St Asaph between 2pm and 7pm.  

The drop-in session follows consultation with residents who have properties that will be directly affected by the new defences, which took place at the end of last year.

Tim Jones, Executive Director of Operations for North and Mid Wales for NRW said: 

“We’re immensely grateful to local residents for their support as we’ve worked to design an effective, long-term flood scheme for the area.

“A lot of work has happened since November 2012 to reduce the risk in the short-term, to help the community prepare for any future flooding, and to make sure that the long-term plan is the most effective.

“We’re continuing to work hard to get everything in place so that construction can start as soon as possible, later in 2016.

 “We know that, as our climate changes, we are likely to see more intense heavy rainfall in the future, and more flooding.  

“While we can’t always prevent flooding from happening, we believe we have a robust scheme for St Asaph that will significantly reduce the risk and provide effective, long-term, peace of mind for people in the city.”

One of the first construction tasks will involve removing Spring Gardens Bridge and replacing it with a higher structure.

In the meantime, short-term measures to reduce flood risk will continue on the River Elwy. This includes installing temporary flood barriers when required along a 150 metre stretch of the river.

More information on the scheme is available on NRW’s website – including the type of flood defence works planned for various areas within the city.

There are two Community Flood Plans in place for the area, namely River Elwy at St Asaph, and Rhuddlan and Bodelwyddan.  Thirty seven flood wardens cover these two areas.  A total of 525 properties are at risk of flooding in St Asaph - 419 of these have registered to receive NRW’s free flood warning service.  In the Rhuddlan and Bodelwyddan area there are 116 properties at risk, with 85 registered.

For more information about flood plans, or flood warnings, please visit natural resources wales alerts. Or contact Floodline: - 0345 988 1188

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