Ike examines the flood defences in Haverfordwest

Ike in Haverfordwest.

Today Ike visited Haverfordwest. He had a look around the castle and examined the flood defences.  He was very impressed with this lovely little town.

Ike à Haverfordwest. Aujourd’hui, Ike a visité Haverfordwest. Il a jeté un coup d’œil autour du château et a examiné les digues. Il a été très impressionné par cette charmante petite ville.

Ike in Haverfordwest. Heute besuchte Ike Haverfordwest. Er schaute sich auf der Burg um und begutachtete die Hochwasserschutzanlagen. Er war sehr beeindruckt von dieser schönen kleinen Stadt.

Translation by Languages Cat and Sharon Williams at Languages For Living.

Haverfordwest is the county town for Pembrokeshire.  The Welsh name “Hwlffordd” means the ford used by goats or heifers. The castle formed part of the Landsker Line (more on that when Ike visits Pembroke.) The town economy has suffered in recent years with the main high street seeing less foot traffic, even before the recent COVID pandemic. This is the same across the whole of the UK as out-of-town shopping centres and online shopping increase their dominance.  The council has spent a lot of time and money investing in regeneration projects including developments such as the library and café you can see in the foreground of this picture:

The town straddles the Western Cleddau River and has suffered from flooding at times. You can read an article about one such flood event here.  Natural Resources Wales and the local authority have invested resources in an attempt to minimise flood risk and reduce damage.  The flood defences can be seen across parts of the town centre including a greening project aimed at increasing biodiversity on these flood defences, such as the living green wall project, shown below:

Along some stretches of the river the flood wall has been re-developed into a set of steps and a promenade next to the river:

The flood wall can also be seen here on the far side:

For current flood alerts and a map that shows the area where the risk of flooding in any year is greater than 1% (the “hundred year” flood risk), see this link.