FLOOD AL­LE­VI­A­TION SCHEME BE­GINS

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

WORK has started on a flood al­le­vi­a­tion scheme to pro­tect res­i­dents and busi­nesses in Llan­beris, Gwynedd, after £1.3mil­lion of grant fund­ing was ap­proved by the Welsh Govern­ment.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Han­nah Blythyn an­nounced the fund­ing dur­ing a visit to the area (pic­tured in­set) to see the work al­ready un­der way through the scheme, which will re­duce the risk of flood­ing to 96 prop­er­ties in the area.

The fund­ing will be pro­vided to Gwynedd Coun­cil through the Welsh Govern­ment’s flood risk man­age­ment grant to sup­port with the cost of con­struc­tion of a flood al­le­vi­a­tion scheme in Llan­beris.

It comes after a his­tory of flood­ing in the area. Llan­beris ex­pe­ri­ences high rain­fall, with sur­round­ing steep catch­ments re­sult­ing in flash flood run-off flow­ing quickly to­wards the vil­lage.

The works to re­duce the risk of flood­ing to prop­er­ties in the vil­lage will in­clude: re­con­struc­tion of the ex­ist­ing bridge to in­crease flow ca­pac­ity; re­moval of weir; in­crease height of flood walls down­stream. Once com­plete, the works will re­duce the risk of flood­ing to 96 prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing 57 homes, as well as a pub­lic high­way main­tain­ing trans­porta­tion links. Busi­nesses in the vil­lage, in­clud­ing the lo­cal Siemens fac­tory, which is a large em­ployer in the area, will also ben­e­fit from re­duced flood risk.

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