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Wednesday, 7 November, 2001, 08:53 GMT
Ruthin flood defence plan unveiled
More flooding in Ruthin
Flooding returns to Ruthin
People whose homes have been flooded repeatedly despite plans for 1.5m flood defence scheme in their north Wales town are being invited to view an exhibition outlining how the project will work.

Denbighshire County Council is holding the two-day exhibition in Ruthin to assauge the anger of town people who say more should have been done to prevent flood damage to their property.

Last month the town was flooded for the third time
Floods in Ruthin in 2000
Home and cars in Ruthin's 2000 floods
in a year after heavy rain deluged the Mwrog Street culvert causing damage in the Borthyn area.

Businesses accused Denbighshire County Council of not doing enough to prevent the flooding.

The local authority has responded with exhibition, on 7-8 November, which shows the two alternative routes for the proposed long-term flood prevention scheme which is due for completition next summer.

The proposed defences focus on diverting the stream water away from Mwrog Street.

Council officers and technical consultants for the local authority will be at the hall on Denbigh Road from 0930GMT to 1830GMT on both days.

The aim is to give local people an opportunity to see the plans and speak to the officers and consultants involved so that they give their own opinion on how to end the town's repeat flooding problem.

Divert stream

Residents will be invited to fill in a questionnaire on their preferred route.

Councillor David Morris, Cabinet member with lead responsibility for environment, said: "Denbighshire is seeking views about the proposals to alleviate flooding in the western side of Ruthin.

"Flooding occurs as a result of surcharging of the watercourse which flows through Llanfwrog and enters the River Clwyd via the Mwrog Street culvert.

"Consultants acting for the county council have determined that to alleviate the flooding caused by this watercourse it will be necessary to completely divert the stream from its current route in Mwrog Street.

Flood risk

"Two alternative routes have been identified and the county council wishes to have the views of the public.

"These will be taken into account along with technical, financial and environmental factors, when the final route is chosen."

People who are not able to attend the exhibition this week will have an opportunity to see it at Ruthin library where it will be for a week from Monday 12 November.

In September, Environment Agency Wales warned that up to 120,000 homes in the country could be at risk of floods if there is a repeat of last year's heavy rain.

BBC Wales's Matthew Richards in Ruthin
"The flooding damaged a number of properties, including the local chip shop"
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