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Clean up operation continues after pollution incident in Ceredigion

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Natural Resources Wales (NRW) says staff remain on site monitoring a clean-up operation which is being carried out after a river pollution incident in Ceredigion.

It says effluent was released into a stream in the Lampeter area on Tuesday.. Much of it flowed into the Afon Dulas which enters the Teifi in Lampeter.

There is no confirmation at this point about the extent of the impact but no dead fish have been seen or reported.

However, more effluent remains around the affected area in fields and ditches and NRW officers are monitoring and reviewing works carried out by a specialist company to prevent this reaching the wider environment.

Our efforts.. are focused on monitoring the rivers and streams in the area to assess any impact. We are also working with the site operators to keep as much of it out of local streams and rivers as we can.

Our officers are collecting evidence on site that will be used as part of a review into what caused this incident.

Our environment is one of Wales’ greatest assets – we need to look after it so it can continue to support our wildlife, communities and economy.

– Ben Wilson, Ceredigion Operations Manager

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Three flood warnings for South Wales

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High tides have prompted three flood warnings for South Wales:

  • Monmouthshire: Wye Estuary at Chepstow
  • Monmouthshire: Wye Estuary near Tintern
  • Swansea: Crofty Tidal

There are also five flood alerts:

  • Gwynedd: Lleyn Peninsula and Cardigan Bay
  • Monmouthshire: Wye Estuary in Monmouthshire
  • Monmouthshire, Newport: Usk Estuary
  • Swansea: Tidal Area at Crofty
  • Coast from Aberthaw to Severn Bridge

Sea defence work begins on Gwynedd coast

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Work begins this week on strengthening the sea defences at Fairbourne on the Gwynedd coast.

Natural Resources Wales says local contractors will move around one thousand tonnes of beach shingle on Fairbourne beach to fill in the eroded area next to the concrete defence at Friog corner.

The work will take between five and 10 days, depending on the weather.

An excavator and dumper truck will collect and move the shingle, working along a 500 metre length of the beach. NRW says the work will be done in a way that minimises the impact on the beach which will re-profile naturally.

Some of the Second World War tank traps on the beach will be moved during the work, under CADW’s approval, and will be put back afterwards.

We are committed to maintaining and monitoring the flood defence in the short and medium term to help reduce the risk of flooding for the people of Fairbourne. Replenishing the shingle at Friog corner is part of this ongoing commitment.

– Sian Williams, Head of Operations in North Wales

Twelve flood alerts in force from north to south

Twelve flood alerts are in force around the Welsh coast from the north to the south after high winds and tides:

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  • Anglesey: West Anglesey Coastline
  • Carmarthenshire: Carmarthenshire coast
  • Ceredigion: Ceredigion coast
  • Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy, Anglesey, Gwynedd: North Wales Coast
  • Gwynedd: Dysynni Catchment
  • Gwynedd: Lleyn Peninsula and Cardigan Bay Coastline
  • Gwynedd: Mawddach and Wnion Catchment
  • Gwynedd, Powys, Ceredigion: Dyfi Catchment
  • Pembrokeshire: Pembrokeshire coast
  • Powys: Vyrnwy Catchment
  • Swansea: Tidal Area at Crofty
  • Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan: Swansea Bay and the Gower coast

Warning of more flooding for most of Wales

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Natural Resources Wales is urging people to prepare for the risk of further flooding across much of Wales.

It says a band of heavy rain will last into Thursday evening bringing the risk of localised flooding to all parts.

There are currently six flood warnings and thirteen flood alerts in force.

There's a 'be aware' warning of rain with 40 to 60 mm likely quite widely over high ground with over 80 mm across prone areas like Snowdonia.

To add to that there's a yellow warning of rain and high winds posted for Saturday and Sunday.

There are already stretches of road throughout the force area that are either under water, or are very wet, making driving conditions dangerous.

We are appealing to all motorists to heed road signs indicating a road is closed or flooded, as there have been examples this week where emergency services have been heavily committed, dealing with incidents where people have ignored these signs and got into difficulty in deep water

– Chief Superintendent Aled Davies, Dyfed Powys Police

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Risk of more flooding 'across much of Wales'

The last few days have seen prolonged rainfall.

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Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is urging people to prepare for the risk of more flooding across much of Wales over the next 48 hours.

A band of heavy rain is expected to spread from the west across much of Wales from midday today and overnight into Thursday, with the worst affected areas expected to be parts of north, west and mid Wales.

It says after prolonged periods of heavy rainfall over the last few days, the ground remains saturated, meaning that further rainfall will quickly find its way into rivers and streams resulting in NRW issuing further flood warnings and alerts.

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There are 6 flood warnings and 13 flood alerts in force across Wales.

NRW says officers will be monitoring forecasts closely over the coming days.

It says teams are continuing to check that flood defences are in good working order and that rivers are clear of debris which could restrict river flows.

New powers to tackle waste crime

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New powers to tackle waste crime and persistent poor performers in the waste industry come into force today.

The Welsh Government says untrustworthy operators are often responsible for polluting the environment, endangering human health and causing odour and nuisance problems for the neighbouring community.

It says legitimate businesses are also being affected, who are often being undercut by such operators.

Around 94% of waste management operators in Wales are good, honest performers so there is only a small fraction of these poor performers and waste criminals that needs to be dealt with.

We have made it a priority to sort out these unscrupulous operators to ensure that waste crime doesn’t pay. The Welsh Government, together with Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Defra and the Environment Agency has worked together to identify ways to strengthen our existing enforcement powers.

– Carl Sergeant AM, Minister for Natural Resources

Flood warnings and alerts ahead of high tides

The River Wye at Brockwier near Tintern. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

There are five flood warnings and nine flood alerts in force for coastal areas around Wales.

They stretch from Gwynedd to Monmouthshire.

A high spring tide is expected tonight.

Flood Warnings:

  • Monmouthshire: Wye Estuary at Tintern
  • Monmouthshire: Wye Estuary at Chepstow
  • Carmarthenshire: Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park Tidal
  • Swansea: Crofty Tidal

Flood alerts:

  • Carmarthenshire: Carmarthenshire coast
  • Ceredigion: Ceredigion coast
  • Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy, Anglesey, Gwynedd: North Wales Coast
  • Monmouthshire: Wye Estuary in Monmouthshire
  • Monmouthshire, Newport: Usk Estuary
  • Pembrokeshire: Pembrokeshire coast
  • Swansea: Tidal Area at Crofty
  • Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan: Swansea Bay and the Gower coast
  • Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Torfaen: Coast from Aberthaw to Severn Bridge
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