INCREASING the flow of water under Haven’s Head and upgrading sluices at Milford marina are suggestions made in an report examining last year’s flooding in the area.

Many families were forced from their homes in devastating flooding at Lower Priory, Havens Head and Cedar Court in November and a report commissioned by the Port of Milford Haven is to be discussed tomorrow (Tuesday, June 11).

The latest Atkins report, published on May 28, recommends increasing the flow capacity of the existing 1.2metre diameter culvert at Havens Head to a suggested 2.1metres or constructing an extra culvert to increase flow capacity.

It also concludes that upgrading of the sluices at Milford Haven marina may also be required.

The investigation into the flooding – with rainfall of 122mm between November 6 and 9 – states that it was a one in 25 years event, or a one in 37 year incident according to Natural Resources Wales assessment.

Saturated ground and high spring tides also contributed to the flooding but there was no evidence found that culvert or trash screen blockages had made matters worse.

The Atkins report adds that sluicing of the marina was undertaken at the earliest opportunity and that the slow return to normal water levels at the pill at Lower Priory was what would be expected.

Members of Pembrokeshire County Council’s services overview and scrutiny committee will discuss the report at its meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 10am.

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