|New Flood Prevention Scheme for Ystradgynlais|
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|Friday, 05 October 2012 09:01|
Environment Agency Wales will start work next week on a new flood scheme to provide better protection for 228 homes and 12 businesses in Ystradgynlais.
The scheme will involve the construction of a new flood wall along the river bank next to Heol Glantawe and Tawe Park to help 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, will also be replaced and strengthened to provide a better level of flood protection.
Many people living in the area have suffered serious flooding from the River Tawe in the past, most recently in 1998.
The area is at a high risk of flooding, and as the River Tawe responds very quickly to rainfall, the Agency is often only able to provide a short warning period to residents.
An investigation by the Agency found that constructing stronger flood walls would be the best option for the community.
During the period of works, the Agency will do its best to minimise disruption to local people and businesses.
There will be increased site traffic moving to and from the location during confined hours of work and road closures and temporary traffic lights may be in operation to allow contractors to work safely.
As part of the scheme, the Agency will also be working closely with Powys County Council, the town council and local community groups to improve public areas in the town to benefit local people and the environment.
This includes planting trees and creating new habitats at the Ynyscedwyn Ironworks Park, the Goresedd Circle and the public areas along Heol Giedd.
The £2.6 million project is being funded by the Welsh Government and is expected to be completed by early summer 2013.
Steve Brown, from Environment Agency Wales said:
“We’ve already seen this summer the devastating impact a flood can have on a community.
“As well as destroying homes and uprooting families, when flooding affects businesses it can impact on people’s livelihoods and affect the local economy of an area.
“We can’t always prevent flooding from happening, but this new scheme in Ystradgynlais will mean that the community is better protected and prepared for it.”
Anyone can find out if their property is at risk of flooding, or register to receive flood warnings by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodwales or calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
|Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2012 09:06|