Rhyl coastal defences


Rhyl coastal defences

From the moment it began to develop as a town, Rhyl has depended on good coastal defences. Much of the town is lower than the level of high tide, so a breach of the sea wall could be catastrophic for local residents and businesses. Some properties in Rhyl were affected by the tidal surge in 1990 which left c.6,000 people temporarily homeless, mostly to the west of the river Clwyd.

Work began in 2009 on designing new defences for west Rhyl, where more than 2,000 residential and 560 commercial properties were at risk of tidal flooding. Construction began in May 2011. Some of west Rhyl’s historic defences dated back as far as 110 years. Even the newest were c.60 years old. The new structures are designed to withstand a high tide and storm of such exceptional force that it would only be expected to occur once every 200 years. The designs also take into account the expected rise in sea level over the next century.

The £10m project is overseen by Denbighshire County Council and funded by the Welsh Government and European Union.

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Rhyl Coast website - more information about the new defences

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