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Flood defence work to begin

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

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WORK to refurbish an essential flood defence to protect homes and shops near Llanelli, will begin this week.

Environment Agency Wales has announced it will strengthen a 100-metre stretch in Machynys, by laying 200 tonnes of blockstone and 200 tonnes of smaller stone in front of the existing embankment alongside the cycle path in Bynea.

The work comes after a recent investigation found the base of the existing embankment is being eroded.

The work is required to maintain the level of flood protection for people in the area.

If left unattended, the flood defence could fail during high tides or storm surges.

With work likely to last four weeks, the Agency is advising users of the cycle path that there may be some disruption during this period as site vehicles will need access to the cycle path.

Traffic movement will be supervised, and the cycle path will remain open at all times, with the work taking place Monday to Friday only.

The Welsh Government- funded project will cost £100,000

Steve Brown, from Environment Agency Wales said: "Without these important refurbishments to the flood bank, people's homes and businesses in Trostre would be vulnerable to coastal flooding.

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