mid wales flooding and coastal risks in news

Fri 04 Dec 2015 12:35:29 | 3 comments

Two stories which concern the impacts of water on  the Cymerau (mid Wales) case study "patch" are in the news at the moment at the same time.
The first is the almost "taken for granted" fact that current extreme storms and rainfall  has caused flooding in the region-
this is becoming the "new normal" but still of course hitting the headlines. With more rain forecast for this weekend,  I would imagine that residents in TalyBont and other villages in the surrounding area like DolyBont are on high alert- flood warnings are of course have been in place for over a week.
short news article here:

The second story makes a local/global link, connecting COP21 climate change summit talks with the villages under threat from coastal erosion, on the Welsh coastline. Borth, the second major settlement in our case study "patch", is of course one of the villages identified as at risk in Shoreline Management Plans.

Over the Autumn  different artistic/community projects commissioned as part of Cymerau's year of participatory activities have explored these themes and produced some incredible pieces of work involving the commmunity, with many artists blogging about their projects on this site. As i mentioned in my previous blog, local communities are living daily with negotiating the impact of water- particularly relating to river and coastal flooding. This is again pretty much a "new normal". The Cymerau/Hydrocitizenship project doing  important work through creatively exploring these issues through participatory arts processes, enabling local communities to express how they feel about water.


Alex's comments are very timely. Lats night we held a Cymerau event in Bontgoch, a village on the Leri river. People attending the event had to brave extreme rain to come along. It was quite frightening to drive along narrow roads that were running with water and to notice places where streams were forming along the road as excess water rushed down from the hillsides.

One of the participants at the event had suffered the effects of the extreme flood event on the river in June 2012 and she came along especially to talk about what happened and why. We were all aware that the landslide and trees that dammed the river on that occasion could easily be a threat last night or in the next few days.

The creative engagement project that we were meeting to introduce is called 'Ar Lan y Leri' (Along the banks of the Leri) and is lead by Jane Lloyd Francis. She will be walking the length of the river in Spring 2016 in order to reflex on the stories and issues that relate to this particular waterway.
yes i have been thinking about you all down that neck of the woods, thanks for very vivid account Shelagh and i am sure people will have plenty of stories  to tell Jane along her  way!
v rainy here in nw gwynnedd too (streams and bits of flooded roads here too but it drains away more quickly generally)-but mostly its the wind thats the big story here i think - fel arfer,twydydd mawr!-massive gusts and howling winds.
gwilym will know that famour welsh poem  (i forgrt the name)- which has lines like 'can you see the branches of the oak clashing together/ can you not see that the sky is falling?'
take it he;d lived through a wlesh wonter or two eh...
Just up the coast from the Dyfi Biosphere, here's one way in which public bodies are working to help communities at severe risk of coastal flooding. Fairbourne's sea defences are not going to be reinforced, as "manageed re-alignment" is the long-term strategy. This notice was published on the Welsh Government run procurement site today:

The Fairbourne: Moving Forward project would like to invite expressions of interest from organisations who would be interested in establishing an Equity Release/Buy to Let/Sheltered Housing/Housing Association scheme in the village of Fairbourne, Gwynedd.
The village is located within the constituency of Arthog, in South Gwynedd, North Wales. With approximately 1050 residents across 542 properties, the village is a socially-active and popular tourist destination along the Cambrian Coastal railway.
In the Winter storms of January 2014, Fairbourne suffered damage to some parts of it’s coastal defence, which have subsequently been repaired and although the village only experienced very minor flooding, the community became the centre of a media storm due to this and it’s link with the Shoreline Management Plan (2) which had been adopted by Gwynedd Council the previous year.
In order to support this village through the difficulties which have been caused by the erroneous reporting in the media, Gwynedd Council established the Fairbourne: Moving Forward project. This is a multi-agency project that will address the complex issues identified throughout the journey of the community over the next 90 years, drawing upon expertise and knowledge from a range of organisations including Gwynedd Council, YGC, Natural Resource Wales, Welsh Government, Royal Haskoning DHV, North Wales Regional Emergency Planning Group, the Emergency Services, Welsh Water and the local community.
The project has identified that given the population of Fairbourne is largely 50+, retired individuals, the village would be a suitable commercial opportunity to establish a form of equity release scheme, allowing homeowners to sell their home to an organisation with the option of leasing it back or, selling their home with a view to that home becoming available for either social or sheltered housing.
To find out more information about this unique opportunity, a stakeholder event will be held in Friog and Fairbourne Village Hall on Wednesday 27th January at 11am – 1pm. To reserve your place at this event, please contact: Lisa Marshall – Project Manager on 01286 679591 / 07824 321795 or email lisamarshall@gwynedd.gov.uk.




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