Consultation as part of flood risk management work in Porthmadog

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is holding two consultation events to share findings of an updated flood model for Porthmadog and the wider area with members of the public.

This is part of NRW’s work to reduce flood risk in the area and the events, held at Y Ganolfan Community Centre on Thursday 26 January and Friday 27 January, will provide an opportunity to explain the findings, and the flood risk management solutions being explored.

The updated flood model shows the number of homes and businesses at risk from the Afon Glaslyn, Y Cyt and from the sea, with up to 345 residential properties and 105 commercial properties currently at risk from a flood which has a one per cent chance of occurring in any given year.

The figures take into account existing flood defences being in place.

In the future, the number of properties potentially at risk of flooding is expected to further increase due to the effects of climate change and sea level rise.

Sara Pearson, Operations Manager – Flood and Water Management for North Wales, said:

“We know the modelled findings will be a matter of concern to members of the community in Porthmadog and Tremadog, but we are exploring sustainable solutions now to best manage flood risk in the long term.

“Working with the community and with our partners, we will be assessing options to manage this threat and working towards identifying a preferred option before the end of 2023.

“We are holding public consultation events, providing local points of contact, and creating a virtual space to allow the community to continue to share their views with us.”

More than 2,400 newsletters are being sent to homes and businesses in the area as part of the consultation.

Please come and visit us at the first of the consultation events:

Y Ganolfan Community Centre, High Street, Porthmadog, LL49 9LU on Thursday, January 26 between 1.30pm and 6.30pm and on Friday, January 27 between 9.30am and 2.00pm.

Members of the project team will be on hand to answer your questions, and discuss the flood model findings and what these mean for you. We also want to hear your views on possible flood risk management options and how these are to be assessed.

The consultation runs between Thursday, 26 January and Monday, 20 February 2023. For more information about the events and to contact the project team please visit: www.naturalresources.wales/porthmadogfloodrisk