Dolgellau flood scheme drop in session

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is inviting people to a drop in session to hear the latest updates on the work to build a new flood defence scheme in Dolgellau.

Since work began on the scheme in late September, the project has passed its first major milestone with the removal of the Aran Weir.

Work is now underway to construct a new flood wall - approximately a mile long – along the boundary of the Marian Mawr car park, between the Enterprise Park and the school playing field.

The project will also see some of the existing flood walls on the left bank of the River Wnion upgraded and the existing flood walls on the River Aran refurbished.

Once complete, this will provide improved flood protection for more than 300 homes and businesses in the area.

NRW is doing everything it can to reduce disruption during the work.  However, to allow the remainder of the work to take place quickly and efficiently, contractors need to restrict parking on the Marian access road.

People who usually park in this area are advised to make alternative arrangements in the short-term.

This will be discussed at the drop in session, which will take place on Thursday 4 December at Dolgellau Library, between the hours of 2pm – 7pm.

Keith Ivens, Flood Risk Manager from Natural Resources Wales said:

“We are doing our best to minimise disruption to local people while we undertake these important works, and would like to thank people for their continued support and patience."

“We can’t prevent flooding from happening, but we hope the scheme we are building in Dolgellau will provide much needed peace of mind for those who live with the constant threat of flooding."

“In the meantime, we’re encouraging people who live or work in the area to register for free flood warnings. Around 150 people in Dolgellau have already registered for the warnings, which can provide essential time to prepare and take action if a flood threatens.”

The total cost of the scheme is estimated at £5.6m, and is being funded by Welsh Government. It is due to be completed by summer 2015.

People can sign up for free flood warnings by phoning Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by visiting natural resources wales alerts

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