Residents and businesses in Aberaman will benefit from a major £1.1million flood alleviation scheme that will minimise the impact of adverse weather on the locality.
The project along Nant Gwawr is being made possible thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council securing a programme of £2.5million of funding for flood alleviation works, using its own Capital Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government’s Flood Risk Management Grant.
As a result, the Nant Gwawr Flood Alleviation Scheme is one of four key areas in the County Borough scheduled to see much needed improvements that will address their long standing flooding.
The Council’s contractors Alun Griffiths Ltd. have now started work which will comprise of the renewal of the Cardiff Road Culvert and new inlet and outlet configurations.
Downstream of the culvert works will entail increasing the capacity of the watercourses together with erosion and scour protection that will increase resilience during heavy storms.
Some existing structures will be modified to enable a more free flowing watercourse with overflow systems also used at critical areas to provide resilience to blockage. Warning systems will be installed on the new system to provide maintenance teams with advanced warnings of potential blockage.
The work in Aberaman is taking place alongside a major highway scheme which will comprise of carriageway widening between the junctions with Abergwawr Street and Curre Street, and extensive reconstruction and re-surfacing of the carriageway.
Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Chair of the Cabinet Cllr Andrew Morgan said,
“This scheme further demonstrates our commitment to ensure that we protect our residents as far as we possibly can. It must be remembered that despite the introduction of the Nant Gwawr Flood Alleviation Scheme, the risk of localised flooding will continue to be an issue after its completion.
“The risk of flooding significantly increases where there is illegal tipping of rubbish in and around the streams and culverts. The Council therefore remind residents to only use official and legal means for the disposal of their rubbish.”