River flow im­proved to cut risk of an­other del­uge:

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Wyn Williams

ABUSINESSM­AN has de­scribed the start of works to clear a river af­ter the town was blighted by flooding last year as a “weight off his shoul­ders.”

Ear­lier this year, Neil Be­van said that Llangefni had been “flooded and for­got­ten” af­ter parts of the town were sub­merged un­der sev­eral feet of wa­ter in Novem­ber af­ter the River Cefni burst its banks.

Mr Be­van, who runs Be­vans Car­a­van and Camp­ing Sup­plies with his wife Tracey, says his busi­ness suf­fered losses of £22,000 in the floods and was un­able to get con­tents in­sur­ance un­til the sit­u­a­tion is re­solved.

But, this week, of­fi­cers from Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales have been work­ing on sec­tions of the river, in­clud­ing a por­tion of the Cefni that flows just yards from his shop front.

Ac­cord­ing to the body, the work in­cludes cut­ting trees and re­mov­ing stones and de­bris from the river bed in or­der to al­low im­proved river flow.

In re­sponse, Mr Be­van has paid trib­ute to the staff for their work so far.

“Credit where it’s due, the work­ers have been fan­tas­tic and have kept us in­formed all week long,” ” he said.

“We were very frus­trated ated at the lack of ac­tion af­ter the flooding last year, but it’s t’s great to see some­thing g be­ing done.

“We can start plan­ning now for win­ter with­out the threat of wa­ter lev­els in­creas­ing, it gives us peace of f mind.

“The feed­back’s been een quite pos­i­tive, there’s been a cou­ple of neg­a­tive com­ments but that’s to be ex­pected with a project of this size.” Richard We­ston, NRW’s flood risk anal­y­sis team leader, said: “We are cur­rently car­ry­ing out main­te­nance work to help with the flow of the river. “This in­volves re­mov­ing de­bris and some larger stones from the bed and cut­ting back some trees and veg­e­ta­tion. “We are al also un­der­tak­ing a project to in­ves­ti­gate in cur­rent and fu­ture flood risk in Llange ngefni with a view to ide iden­ti­fy­ing suit­able lo long-term solutions for m man­ag­ing it. “We have con­sulted w with the lo­cal com­muni nity and will con­tinue to do so”. A spokesper­son for An­gle An­gle­sey Coun­cil, which has bee been wok­ing with NRW to find out the cause of last year’s flooding, added: “The Afon Cefni is one of the ma­jor rivers on the island, it runs from Llyn Cefni and flows south-west of the island to the Ir­ish Sea.

“Fol­low­ing the re­cent flooding, which oc­curred in Novem­ber 2017, the Isle of An­gle­sey County Coun­cil and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales (NRW) have been work­ing closely to­gether to in­ves­ti­gate and mit­i­gate the flood risks in the Llangefni area.

“The Au­thor­ity is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the town of Llangefni fol­low­ing the flooding and re­cently com­pleted the build­ing of a new wall and river clear­ing works at Pont y Plas, which will lessen the flood risk to the prop­er­ties of Ffordd Glandwr and Church Street.

“We also wel­come the work that is cur­rently be­ing done by NRW in the Afon Cefni which fur­ther re­duces the risks of flooding in the area.”

Busi­ness­man Neil Be­van (pic­tured with his wife Tracy, in­set) has wel­comed work to pre­vent fu­ture flooding in Llangefni af­ter last year’s del­uge, main Main pic: Stephen Heaton

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