Work to start on flood defences
8:00am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in News
ENVIRONMENT Agency Wales is starting work this week on a newflood 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, agency chiefs say they will do their best to minimise disruption to local people and businesses.
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: “Wecan’t always prevent flooding from happening, but this new scheme in Ystradgynlais will mean that the community is better protected and prepared for it.”