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Important milestone reached in flood scheme construction

An important milestone has been reached in the construction of a flood scheme that will protect people in more than 400 properties in St Asaph.
Spring Gardens Bridge, which partly obstructed the flow of the river Elwy in the devastating flooding in November 2012, is being replaced with a higher and wider structure.
NRW contractors, Dawnus, installed the new bridge span on Thursday 25 May 2017, working alongside Bob Francis Crane Hire, who used one of the largest cranes in the country for the job.
Once the new bridge is operational the old bridge will be removed early in September. Meanwhile, work is also underway on new and raised defences through the city downstream of Lower Denbigh Road. Together, these will contribute to reducing the flood risk for the city. Keith Ivens, Flood Manager for North and Mid Wales for NRW said: “Replacing Spring Gardens Bridge marks an important milestone in the construction of the St Asaph flood scheme. This will increase the capacity of the river downstream of the city, which will reduce flood water levels in St Asaph.
“The whole scheme is due for completion before next winter, which will make a real difference to people living and working in St Asaph.
“While we can’t always prevent flooding from happening, we believe we have a robust scheme for St Asaph that will significantly reduce the risk and provide effective, long-term peace of mind for people in the city.
“We’re very grateful to local residents for their support and we will keep everyone informed about the work along every step of the way.”
Once completed, the scheme will also bring recreational benefits to the city by improving foot and cycle paths and it will bring a boost to biodiversity by planting trees and blue bells, and putting up bird and bat boxes.
Until the scheme is completed, short-term measures to reduce flood risk will continue on the River Elwy.
This includes installing temporary flood barriers when required along a 150 metre stretch of the river.
Anyone concerned about flooding can check their flood risk, and find out if a free flood warning service is available in their area by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by visiting www.naturalresources.wales/flooding.
There is more information on the St Asaph flood risk management scheme on the NRW website naturalresources.wales/stasaph