Posted: Thu 6th Feb 2014

Banks of the River Dee still being cleared weeks after the December storm surge.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Feb 6th, 2014

Volunteers joined together and collected at least 49 bags of rubbish washed up on the Flintshire coastline. 

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Rangers and volunteers collected 49 bags of rubbish.

Flintshire Countryside Service, Keep Wales Tidy, CAIS Peer Mentoring, the RNLI and Clwyd Alun Housing Quay Project teamed up to help clear storm litter and debris.

Karen Rippin, Coastal Ranger said: 

“Flintshire’s coastline was hit by the River Dee tidal surge on 5 December and the high tides, accompanied by gale force winds, washed litter and debris across the land. The surge breached sea defences and left sections of the Coast Path damaged and under water.”

The volunteers covered two sections along the coastline; from Dock Road, Connah’s Quay, to the foot bridge in Shotton and from Dee View Cottages to the former Headland Foods site in Flint. 

As a result of the clean-up, rubbish, tyres and other plastics were cleared from the land and the high tide line. Fencing that had been knocked down by the coastal surge was removed and silt was shovelled from the cycleway and footpath. 

Councillor Bernie Attridge, Cabinet Member for Environment said: 

“We would like to thank all of the volunteers who turned out to help with the clean up. The response from people who want to help has been overwhelming. The weather is beyond our control but we can all help in the aftermath. Residents who give their time to help the Countryside Service are invaluable and working together for the benefit of the environment means that everyone can enjoy litter free beaches and coastline.”

 

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