South East Wales

Flood work to protect homes in Roath, Cardiff

Newport Road in Roath Image copyright Claire Seyler
Image caption The work is being carried out around Newport Road in Roath, Cardiff

Work is to start on improving flood defences to protect around 440 homes and businesses in Cardiff.

Engineers from Natural Resources Wales and specialist contractors will refurbish an existing flood embankment on the River Rhymney, in the Newport Road area of Roath.

The existing flood bank is in poor condition and no longer provides adequate protection.

It will be replaced by a new flood wall along a 150m stretch of the river.

The work - the first phase of a £9m flood defence scheme - is due to be completed by the end of the year.

Other improvements will then be carried out to provide better flood protection around the area of Penylan Road, Roath Brook Gardens, Roath Mill Gardens, Waterloo Gardens, Railway Gardens - including the Sandies and Minster Gardens - Colchester Avenue and Ipswich Road.

'Extreme weather'

Gareth O'Shea, Natural Resources Wales' head of operations for south east Wales, said he hoped disruption for homes and businesses would be kept to a minimum during the work.

"This is an important scheme for the area which will increase protection for people living and working in Roath from both the Roath Brook, the River Rhymney and the tide," he said.

"We know that as our climate changes, we are likely to see more extreme weather, more intense rainfall and more frequent flooding.

"While we can't always prevent flooding from happening, in areas like this we can take action to reduce its impact."

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