Pwllheli Dredging on the Way
Important maintenance work is taking place this week on the Afon Rhyd-Hir in Pwllheli as Natural Resources Wales (NRW) removes a large build-up of mud, silt and reeds which has formed a small island in the river.
Engineers plan to remove around 3000 cubic meters of the mud and silt over a period of four weeks using excavators and dumpers.
If left unattended, experts are concerned that the island could continue to grow and affect the natural flow of the water, increasing the risk of flooding to the town.
This important work is a short-term measure to protect the people of Pwllheli who are at risk of flooding both from the Afon Rhyd Hir, the Afon Erch and the sea.
NRW, working with Gwynedd County Council, is currently undertaking an assessment of the area to see if there is potential to develop a new flood scheme to improve flood protection.