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Llanelli Flood Defences Completed

Thursday, May 9th 2013 11:15

Project will help protect 160 properties

A £1.6m project to help protect almost 160 properties in Llanelli from flooding has been completed.

The Natural Resources Wales scheme in Pwll, Llanelli has involved the construction of a 90 metre-long flood wall.

The scheme will help to reduce the risk of flooding to properties in the Pwll area that have previously been affected by flooding from the River Dulais, most recently in July 2009.

Work on the scheme, which has been funded by the Welsh Government, began in February last year.

In addition to the flood wall, which will protect some 30 properties in Stepney Road and Bassett Terrace, the scheme will also include:

  • an overflow channel to carry floodwater to the Sandy Water Park Lake;
  • a footbridge over the flood overflow channel to connect Beach Road and the Millennium Coastal Park; and
  • improved habitat for migratory fish and eels.

Phillip Pickersgill from Natural Resources Wales Wales, said:

"We’d like to thank local people for their support over the past year in having to put up with some disruption from the work we’ve been carrying out.

"This is an important development for Pwll, and I hope it will give reassurance to property owners who have been living with the threat of flooding for some years.

"We can’t entirely prevent flooding from happening, but we can better protect people through schemes like this.”

Natural Resources Wales has also recently completed a £100,000 project to refurbish an essential flood defence in Machynys, which protects both the retail park and homes in Trostre, Llanelli.

The work strengthened a 100-metre stretch of the flood defence by laying 200 tonnes of blockstone and 200 tonnes of smaller stone in front of the existing embankment alongside the cycle path in the Bynea area.

An investigation found that the base of the embankment was being eroded, which meant that the flood defence could fail during high tides or storm surges.

This project was also funded by the Welsh Government.

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