FLOOD defences costing £50,000 should protect Bangor-on-Dee homes from everything but a freak and sustained deluge that happens about once every 100 years.
Improvements to the River Dee defences should give a once-in-a-century standard of protection for more than 400 properties.
The work by the Environment Agency entailed:
Replacing sections of damaged plastic re-enforcement matting, adding top soil and reseeding it with grass.
Fences to protect the riverside grass from sheep grazing and biodegradable matting to help protect the soil from erosion.
Widening and improving the embankment in the church field, removing the need for the dip in the access track.
Removing a Leylandii hedge to allow more light on to the embankment, prevent possible damage from the roots and improve access. A hornbeam hedge is to be planted away from the embankment during early winter.
Replacing access gates and fences.
The Environment Agency Wales is responsible for managing flood risk, dealing with pollution incidents, reducing industry’s impacts on the environment, cleaning up rivers, coastal waters and contaminated land and improving wildlife habitats.
Its annual flood awareness campaign aims to warn people of the dangers of flooding and tell them the simple things they can do to reduce the risk of being swamped.
Advice and factsheets on the Flood Warning Service are available for free, 24 hours a day, by calling the Floodline on 0845 988 1188 (local rate) or online at www.environment-agency. gov.uk/floodline.
People at risk from flooding can register for their free flood warning service, Flood Warnings Direct, on 0845 988 1188.