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Council plans ahead to help prevent further flood misery

6 October 2017

Bridgend County Borough Council has carried out work to help reduce the risk of further flooding in the Garth and Pencoed areas.

During severe heavy rainfall in 2016, water entered 89 houses in both areas after culverts became overwhelmed by flytipping and debris that had washed down from private land located further upstream.

To help prevent this from happening again, the culvert at Heol Faen in Garth has been fitted with new electronic flood warning sensors and improved culvert access, and a CCTV survey has been carried out to make sure there are no unseen defects ahead of the winter season.

The landowner at the culvert site is looking into installing additional fencing and secure access that will deter flytippers from dumping items that might cause a blockage, and the council has met with them to discuss how watercourses crossing their land can be checked for potential problems.

At the Greenacres Drive culvert in Pencoed, a CCTV survey has also been carried out and new electronic flood warning sensors installed.

The flood warning sensors have been funded by Welsh Government and the action plan forms part of the council’s annual flood investigation report for the period 2016-2017.

Councillor Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “A schedule of regular culvert inspections is already in place and the council carries out additional checks when severe weather has been forecast.

“Unfortunately, we experienced several unusually heavy periods of rainfall last year, and circumstances beyond our control meant that a number of properties were affected.

“We’ve carried out work to help prevent the risk of future flooding, and while we cannot make improvements on land that we do not own, we have been encouraging other landowners to undertake similar action.

“The annual flooding report has also highlighted that in many cases during last year’s severe weather, swift intervention by the council’s Highways team prevented water from entering a number of properties throughout the county borough, so I would like to thank them for their efforts.”

Last Updated: 06/10/2017
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