Bagillt residents fearing flooding could hit homes

Published date: 10 January 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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COASTAL dwellers who have serious concerns about their homes flooding say more needs to be done.

A number of people living on Pen Lon, Bagillt, which is close to the sea, fear if action is not taken their properties could be devastated in the future.

Cllr Mike Reece, a Bagillt councillor for Flintshire, said the sea wall has been breached in five different locations during two severe storms in the last month.

Some of the highest tides in more than a decade, coupled with gale force winds and high waves, again battered Flintshire coast last week after a similar storm in December.

Although the county escaped serious flooding, damage to the sea wall is now Cllr Reece’s “main concern”. Next week he will meet with other members of Flintshire Council to discuss what can be done.

He said Network Rail had been helping out and had secured some of the embankment in various locations of Bagillt and Greenfield – but added certain areas of the sea wall in the village had yet been repaired.

Trains along the Flintshire coastline were suspended during the worst of last Friday’s high waters. But Network Rail said emergency work to reconstruct sea walls in the area was completed on Tuesday.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “The sea wall is now capable of withstanding similar tides to the recent storms with rock armour and impermeable barriers to prevent washout.

“We are currently also working with the Natural Resources in Wales to look at the longer term plan to strengthen the sea wall further.”

Despite this, mother-of-one Leanne Reaney, who lives on Pen Lon, said she is “scared to have anything nice in the house” for fear it will be flooded.

Leanne, 25, who lives with her three-year-old daughter Leah, said: “On Friday the high tide was at about 12.20pm and we were told to leave the house 10 minutes before. It really is on my mind when the weather gets really bad. We are scared to have anything nice in our houses.”

Houses in the area were also evacuated during last week’s high tide peak.

Cllr Reece said: “Residents are very concerned. One resident has been talking about going around with a petition – there is not a lot happening.

“They want a proper sea wall. Something has got to be done.”

Sandy Mewies, AM for Delyn has urged that any investigation into the recent flooding scrutinises incidents in her constituency.

She said: “Although areas including Point of Ayr, Talacre, Mostyn, Bagillt and Flint avoided very serious incidents, disaster came very close.

“It was fortunate at peak times the wind was blowing out to sea and not on to land.”

Welsh Minister for Natural Resources, Alun Davies AM, has announced he has asked Natural Resources Wales to carry out a review following the storms.

Mrs Mewies has now urged him these areas in Flintshire be looked at closely to see if defences are adequate.

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