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Floodgate plan for Mold flooding hotspot

ENVIRONMENT officials are investigating ways to end years of flooding misery on a Mold housing estate.

Houses at Cae Bracty, to the south of the town centre, suffered extensive damage throughout 2012 – and incidents at the flooding hotspot go back more than 10 years.

Environment Agency Wales is now searching for a solution for the accommodation which is managed by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association.

A spokesman from Environment Agency Wales said: “We are looking at options to reduce flood risk to people in the Cae Bracty estate who experience flooding on a regular basis.

“One option we are looking at is it to install flood gates to a number of affected properties. We are currently consulting with the property owners, Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, as well as local people on the estate and hope to get this project under way shortly.

“We can’t prevent all flooding from happening, but a scheme like this would help to reduce the risk for local people and help them to prepare for it.”

Residents have also been issued with emergency phone numbers which were used during heavy rainfall in November.

Cllr Haydn Bateman said: “The last meeting with the Environment Agency was a while ago and this is an ongoing situation. It was during that meeting that floodgates at Cae Bracty and Brook Street were discussed.

“Flooding at Cae Bracty has been going on for years, on and off. It has been in the last two years that people have been really pressing for something to be done.”

Flintshire County Council also has plans in the pipeline for a £4.6m flood alleviation project to divert water away from the town centre in the future.