WORK to reduce flood risk for people in St Asaph has reached an important milestone as a scheme to raise part of the flood defences in the city is completed.
Natural Resources Wales has raised a 162-metre long stretch of the flood bank behind the Roe Parc estate so it now provides the same standard of flood protection as for people in other parts of St Asaph.
The £30,000 project is intended to provide an improved level of flood protection until further work to look at permanently raising the level of protection for the town is completed.
Another part of Natural Resources Wales’ programme, to clear potential blockages from a four-mile-long section of the River Elwy, is also well underway.
The first phase has cleared a section of the river from Spring Gardens bridge to the new footbridge at Pont Begard.
Within two weeks officers will finish the second phase, upstream towards the New Inn pub.
The third and final phase of this work will clear trees and bushes on the section between Spring Gardens bridge and the confluence of the Elwy and the Clwyd.
This will help water flow away quicker when floods threaten.
Natural Resources Wales also plans to alter the parapet of Spring Gardens bridge so it’s safer for people and will allow officers to remove debris quickly when the river is very high.
This follows earlier work to repair damage caused to the embankments last November and to clear debris from the river.
Tim Jones from Natural Resources Wales said: “While we can’t prevent all flooding, there is a lot we can do to reduce the risk.
“The people of St Asaph know all too well the devastating impact that flooding can have and this is an important milestone in the journey to reduce flood risk for low-lying parts of the city.”
Natural Resources Wales has also worked with local people to create a Community Flood Plan for the city and expanded its network of volunteer flood wardens in the area.
On October 23 it will extend the reach of its flood warning service to include people living in Lower Denbigh Road in St Asaph for the first time.