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Strategy to combat coastal flooding launched

Words: Roger Milne

A scheme to make Wales more resilient to coastal flooding has been launched by Natural Resources Wales, the country’s environmental agency (NRW).

The delivery plan focuses on a number of themes including sustained investment in coastal risk management, improved information on coastal flood defence systems and greater clarity of roles and responsibilities of agencies and authorities.

The storms in January 2014 caused millions of pounds' worth of damage, hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded and even the natural environment and landscape of Wales were changed.

But although the storms were devastating in many places, the existing coastal defences protected around 74,000 properties from flooding - and avoided an estimated £3 billion of damage.

Publication of the strategy came as the Welsh Government announced £1.9 million towards a new flood defence scheme for Rhyl in North Wales. 

The funding is for the final phase of the project which, once completed, will mean a reduced flood risk for more than 2,600 homes and businesses.