Flood defence repairs to protect homes and Trostre Retail Park businesses
FLOOD defences in Machynys are to be improved to protect the Trostre Retail Park and nearby homes.
Environment Agency Wales will start work next week on strengthening 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.
A recent investigation by Environment Agency Wales found the base of the existing embankment was being eroded, and that refurbishment works were required to maintain the level of flood protection for people in the area.
If left unattended, the flood defence could fail during high tides or storm surges.
The work is likely to last four weeks and the Agency is advising users of the cycle path that there may be some disruption during this period as site vehicles will need access to the cycle path.
Traffic movement will be supervised, and the cycle path will remain open at all times, with the work taking place Monday – Friday only.
The project will cost £100,000 and is funded by the Welsh Government.
Steve Brown, from Environment Agency Wales said: "Without these important refurbishments to the flood bank, people's homes and businesses in Trostre would be vulnerable to coastal flooding.
"If the Trostre Retail Park was to be hit by flooding it would impact on the whole economy of the area, as well as disrupting people's lives.
"We can't entirely prevent flooding from happening, but we can better protect people through schemes like this."
People can find out more about their flood risk and find information about the Agency's free flood warning service by phoning Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.