Work to repair Rhyl's sea defences to start after Christmas

Published date: 12 December 2013 |
Published by: Matt Jones 
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The damage near Splash Point 

RHYL'S sea defences which were breached in last week's storm surge will be repaired by January.

Denbighshire Council has said plans are being put in place to repair sections of sea wall damaged as flood water swept into more than 130 homes.

At Splash Point, where the waves eroded the embankment, the council will be installing a newly designed sea defence wall.

The style will be similar to the one installed recently at Foryd Harbour and the new units will be manufactured over the next couple of weeks, and installed after Christmas.

Cllr David Smith, Denbighshire's cabinet lead member for Environment, said: "Our engineers have been out assessing the damage and the options to repair the sections of wall that were damaged - if not destroyed - in the extreme tidal surge on Thursday.

"We are working quickly, so that we can provide those affected with some peace of mind at the earliest opportunity. Our main focus at the moment continues to be providing help to all of the people who have been affected by the storm."

A section of the main sea wall snapped off near the golf Rhyl club and this will be repaired as soon as possible, by casting a new piece of concrete in-situ.

In the meantime, a row of giant sandbags have been installed as an extra defence.

Council bosses say the extra protection should be sufficient for all but the most extreme events.

Work will also be carried out on the wall at the end of Garford Road while the council is clearing up rubble and installing temporary reinforced concrete blocks.

A bespoke reinforced concrete sectional wall, with a stone finish for aesthetic reasons will be in place before the January high tides.

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