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Progress made on Newport flood scheme

General - flooding Newport © NRW

The first phase of a flood scheme designed to protect more than 600 properties in the Crindau and Shaftesbury areas of Newport has been completed.

Low-lying areas across these locations have flooded several times from extreme tidal events, most notably in 1981 when 500 homes and businesses were affected. Phase one of the scheme saw the construction of flood walls and creation of embankments. One of the embankments has incorporated seated terraces overlooking a local park and a new footpath and cycleway now run through the park. Another earth embankment was also built following the demolition of old garages.

Work has now begun on the second phase of the scheme to reduce the flood risk to two additional areas.

Tim England, flood risk operations manager for NRW, said: "Work to protect these two remaining areas is progressing but there are a few complex issues to overcome, and we continue to discuss plans with landowners, architects and planners. We’ve installed temporary flood defences while these plans are agreed."

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