Essential flood works protect Lampeter businesses

Operations staff from Natural Resources Wales have completed emergency flood repair works to a river bank which provides vital flood protection to a university, people’s homes, a supermarket and a number of business premises in Lampeter.

The team have reinforced the embankment, which was showing signs of collapse, by installing a hard rock defence along a 25 metre stretch of the River Dulais.

The river bank had become damaged by high flows in the river, which is prone to flood, affecting nearby infrastructure and properties.

It also lies within an environmentally sensitive area, classified as both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Prior to work starting at the site, detailed engineering plans were developed in order to develop a scheme which would be suitable for the site.

Specialist biodiversity officers from Natural Resources Wales were consulted to make sure that the features of the site were preserved.

The river is of European importance for its populations of fish, including Atlantic salmon, river, brook and sea lamprey, and bullhead, as well as hosting an important population of otters.

It is also notable for its characteristic and diverse community of river plants, including the rare ‘water-crowfoot.’

Neil Davies, from Natural Resources Wales said:

“It was important for us to undertake this work, as the riverbank was unstable and if left unattended, it could have led to serious flooding of a number of homes, shops and businesses, as well as affecting the university.

“At the same time, we had to balance the needs of the local environment, making sure that our work to protect people didn’t then impact on wildlife in the area.

“Last time the area flooded, 12 properties were affected, impacting on homes and disrupting businesses and people’s livelihoods.  We hope the work we’ve undertaken now will reduce the risk of that happening again.

“We are grateful for the cooperation of local owners and the university for access purposes and for any disturbance during the works.”

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