Bagillt flood warning from silted-up lake

Published date: 12 December 2013 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A COMMUNITY leader fears homes in a village could be flooded if action is not taken.

Bagillt county councillor Mike Reece has raised his concerns following last week’s high tide, which battered parts of North Wales.

Just days before the storm, surges hit parts of the county and devastated homes across the region, Cllr Reece raised his concerns that Bagillt could fall victim to flooding if the Green Park Lake, which he says is full with silt water, was not cleaned out.

He has warned if something is not done it will overflow in the near future and damage properties in the area.

“People in Bagillt had a lucky escape,” he said.

“If we had had rain as well as the high tides, homes could have been.

“Someone has got to take responsibility for it now.

“It is no good pussyfooting about. It has got to be looked at seriously.

“There is nothing to say it won’t come again.”

Flintshire Council said it was aware of the increase in silt water at the lake. It said it would carry out an assessment and aim to complete the clean-up work in 2014. Cllr Reece added: “Some of these homes have been flooded in the past.

“They appreciate that Green Park Lake, which should take all this water, needs cleaning out.

“It is a concern because all I get when I phone up Flintshire Council about it is ‘we are looking at it’. Something has got to happen with it.”

Council director of environment Carl Longland said: “The Green Park Lake system shares both environmental and flood risk management functions.

“The council has powers to undertake work on this system when necessary and reviews the condition of the pool.

“We have become aware of an increase in silt and vegetation over recent years.

“We will therefore be carrying out an assessment with partner organisations with a view to agreeing and undertaking silt removal works in 2014.”

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