AN EARLY warning flood alert system could be implemented following claims that a community has been “forgotten” after being flooded last year.

In November, Llangefni was engulfed when up to five feet of storm water swept through the town as the River Cefni burst its banks.

But other parts of Anglesey were also affected, including Beaumaris, Menai Bridge and the village of Dwyran.

According to local councillors Peter Rogers and Bryan Owen, there’s a feeling in Dwyran that the community has been “left behind”, with nothing being done to mitigate future incidents from blighting the area.

However, these claims have been dismissed by Natural Resources Wales, who say several measures have already been put in place.

Cllr Owen said: “Residents have not been contacted by the council or partner organisations such as Natural Resources Wales since the incident, except for a drop-in session that did not answer any of their concerns.

“There are a range of interventions that could be undertaken to mitigate the future risk of flooding, such as drenching the river and cleansing the ditches, manholes and culverts.

“An update on any action taken would be hugely reassuring to the ratepayers affected, particularly given their recent ordeal and obvious concerns for the future.

“A meeting to update on progress with flood mitigation measures is the least they can expect from the council.

“It would also be an important opportunity to correct the impression held by some that certain areas of Anglesey – such as Holyhead, Llangefni and Beaumaris – are prioritised for intervention ahead of areas such as Dwyran, where flooding is an all too familiar occurrence.”

Cllr Rogers added: “The new chief executive of National Resources Wales, Clare Pillman, has only been in post since March, so it would surely be beneficial for her to meet with residents and see the damage for herself.”

In response, a spokesperson for Anglesey council said: “The floods which occurred in November 2017 caused damage to a number of households in Dwyran.

“Following this, the council has been working closely with a number of partners and are committed to trying to find an answer that will  alleviate the    issue of future flooding within the Dwyran area.”

Meanwhile, Natural Resources Wales said: “In the wake of the flooding, we inspected Afon Braint and Afon Rhyd y Valley,  removing a fallen tree to help ensure the Braint could flow unhindered.

“We were pleased that 25 people came to our drop-in session held in partnership with Anglesey  council at Ysgol Gymuned Dwyran on February 19.

“Work to maintain and clear possible blockages from Afon Rhyd y Valley will take place in August, after the bird nesting season.

“This was originally scheduled for earlier in the year but had to be postponed due to the extremely wet ground conditions.

“We will, of course, seek permission from landowners before any work is carried out.”

The spokesperson added: “We have agreed with Anglesey council that equipment to provide direct early warning messages will be installed in the Afon Braint, both upstream of the village and on Pont Cadach.

“This means that from September, properties at risk of flooding will have the option to receive automated telephone messages of potential high river levels so that action to protect their property can be taken.

“We’re also assessing if it is suitable to install similar equipment in the Afon Rhyd y Valley to provide a direct warning to residents within that river’s catchment.

“Alongside this, we are modelling the rivers and how the flooding happened – which is an essential step in identifying the best options for managing flood risk in the future. Without careful modelling we cannot come up with the best solution.”