Mid Wales

New flood project protects Tregaron

Image caption The town's square was completely under water after a flood in 1987

A £2.7m project to protect homes and businesses in a Ceredigion town from flooding is up and running.

The initiative funded by the Welsh Assembly Govenment will try and reduce the risk to 88 homes and 22 commercial properties in Tregaron.

Work included lowering the bed of the River Brenig, which runs through the centre of the market town, over a 200 metre length.

The project also included improving existing flood walls.

Some properties have also benefited from individual flood protection measures in the form of flood gates.

The initiative, which was carried out by Environment Agency Wales, also includes environmental improvements such as an otter ramp, otter chamber, bat and bird boxes, and painting the footbridge and hand railings.

Steve Brown, the agency's area manager for south west Wales said: "This scheme was particularly challenging as construction work could only take place during the summer months over a three year period between 2008 and 2010.

"During the three years the local community were co-operative and supportive, even with the disruption caused by the works. "We appreciate the support of the local community and also their input in developing plans for the scheme.

According to Tregaron's county councillor, Catherine Jane Hughes, the town has a history of flooding stretching back decades.

"The worst flood that I remember happened in 1987 when the whole square was under water.

"The last time we suffered major flooding was in 2000 and I hope this work has solved this problem for good."

The completion of the project was marked by a visit by Environment Minister Jane Davidson on Thursday.

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