North East Wales

Rhyl receives further £1.9m in flood defence funding

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Media captionJeremy Parr said Natural Resources Wales has been improving its forecast and warning systems

A north Wales town will get a further £1.9m from the Welsh government to improve its coastal defences.

The extra investment for west Rhyl brings the total funding for the town's flood defence scheme to £6.3m.

The Welsh government says this will see a reduced flood risk to more than 2,600 homes and commercial properties.

It will also mean improvements to the sea wall, which was built more than 70 years ago, new walls to protect against waves and a widened promenade.

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Image caption Rescuers had to help people to safety when homes in Rhyl were flooded in December 2013

Minister for Natural Resources Carl Sargeant said he was "delighted" to announce the funding and said it would be a "real benefit to a community who will be all too aware of the impact that flooding can have".

The investment is supported by £2m of European funding and £520,000 from Denbighshire County Council.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in December 2013 after havoc-wreaking storms saw the town battered by waves.

The Welsh government said it was spending more than £245m on managing flooding and coastal erosion risks across Wales, with an additional £50m coming from European funding.

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