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Work to begin next month to protect 400 properties in St Asaph

Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) says construction of a scheme to improve flood protection for more than 400 properties in St Asaph will start in October.

It involves removing Spring Gardens Bridge and replacing it with a higher and wider bridge. NRW says this will increase flow capacity downstream of the city, which will reduce flood water levels in St Asaph.

The second phase of the scheme will see flood defences improved and enhanced in the city and at other locations. This is scheduled to start in January 2017.

This scheme will make a real difference to people living and working in St Asaph who suffered such devastating flooding in November 2012 and have lived with the threat of flooding for many years.

While we can’t always prevent flooding from happening, we believe we have a robust scheme for St Asaph that will significantly reduce the risk and provide effective, long-term, peace of mind for people in the city. It will also improve the environment and create new recreational opportunities in the city as well.

We’re grateful to local residents for their support and we will keep everyone informed about the work along every step of the way

– Tim Jones, Executive Director of Operations for North and Mid Wales for NRW



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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Record 435mm of rain fell from December to February

A spokesman for the Met Office says it has been the wettest winter on record across England and Wales - where the precipitation records date back to 1766.

Some 435mm (17.1 inches) of rain fell from December 1 to February 24, beating the previous highest total of 423mm (16.6 inches) set in 1915.

Provisional rainfall figures show that the UK as a whole has had its wettest winter since records began in 1910.

Some 517.6mm (20.3 inches) of rain fell this winter, the previous highest total was 485.1mm (19.1 inches), set in 1995.

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Wettest winter in almost 250 years, says Met Office

England and Wales endured the wettest winter in almost 250 years, according to new analysis from the Met Office.

Figures released last week showed the greatest overall rainfall across the UK since 1910, with 468.8mm of rain recorded.

Denbighshire Council urges grants for flood-hit homes

Denbighshire Council has called for the Welsh Government to provide grants to houses damaged by recent flooding.

"The time is now for the Welsh Government to provide direct financial assistance to households affected by the winter flooding, in the same way that UK Government is providing £5,000 per household in England" said Councillor David Smith.

Waves hitting the Rhyl coast during recent storms Credit: ITV News/Carole Green

Cllr Smith said the repair cost for coastal defences in Denbighshire is approximately £1.8m.

"The Welsh Government has already pledged around £4.6M for those repairs - but nothing yet directly for households affected".

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