Llangefni flooding: plans for new defence wall

Almost a year since Llangefni was hit by flooding, councillors will discuss plans to build a new wall to prevent further damage.

Six homes and 27 businesses were flooded when the Afon Cefni burst its banks during stormy weather on 22nd November 2017. In one case, a bakery on Church Street remains closed after it was damaged by around 6ft of floodwater.

A report to Anglesey Council’s executive has recommended handing over £85,000 funding to the Highways, Waste and Property service to construct a new prevention wall at the rear of Glandwr Terrace.

A community drop-in session, held by Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth, heard calls for ‘urgent action’ to be taken before this winter.

The report warns that the alternative to buiding the wall would be to wait for Natural Resources Wales to complete its work on modelling a new flood defence scheme – which could take years before it’s approved.

The report adds: ”It was considered that delaying the work would risk further flooding and reputational damage to the authority.”

A further public meeting on flooding in Llangefni will be held in the council chamber on Thursday 8th November, chaired by Rhun ap Iorwerth. The council’s chief executive, Gwynne Jones, will be among those attending.

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