Work has started on a flood alleviation scheme to protect residents and businesses in Llanberis, Gwynedd, after £1.3 million of grant funding was approved by the Welsh Government.
Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn, announced the funding during a visit to the area to see the work already underway through the scheme, which will reduce the risk of flooding to 96 properties in the area.
“After the disruption caused by the last major flooding in the area in 2012, I am pleased to announce £1.3m grant funding for the scheme and to see the work is being undertaken to prevent such damage from being wrought again in future,” said Minister Blythyn.
The funding will be provided to Gwynedd Council through the Welsh Government’s flood risk management grant to support with the cost of construction of a flood alleviation scheme in Llanberis.
Once complete, the flood protection program works will reduce the risk of flooding to 96 properties, including 57 homes, as well as a public highway maintaining transportation links.
Businesses in the village, including the local Siemens factory, which is a large employer in the area, will also benefit from reduced flood risk, said the government.
The Welsh Government has approved 85% grant funding towards the cost of construction for the Llanberis flood alleviation scheme, providing grant funding of £1,382,177. Gwynedd Council will cover the rest of the cost of the £1,626,091 scheme.