South Wales floods: Government response to Storm Dennis aftermath

Cardiff, Pontypridd, Rhondda, Bedwas and Caerphilly were some of the worst areas affected. Now people are left to clean up their streets, homes and businesses.

The Welsh Government held a press conference to discuss its response to the recent flooding.

Storm Dennis has damaged more than 1,000 homes and businesses so far in Wales. Rhondda Cynon Taff Council leader says flooding has caused up to £30 million worth of damage.


More environmental stories

Last night, there was a public meeting about the potential creation of a dam in Dinas Powys.

Campaigners are worried about its impact on the local environment.

But, Natural Resources Wales said the dam will be built unless anyone can come up with a viable alternative. At the meeting, they said every suggestion so far was too expensive.

Our reporter, Sevda Moyassari was at last night’s meeting.


Uncertain future for Cardiff water taxi business

Cardiff Boat run a water taxi between Cardiff’s Bute Park and the Bay.

But they don’t know when they will be able to run again because of the damage to their pontoon during Storm Dennis.


Calls for more funding

The Welsh Government is already spending £50 million a year on flood defences.

The Environment Minister also asked for a rapid review of flood prevention schemes before storms Ciara and Dennis.

But, she says local authorities don’t have the facilities to make their own flood defences because of austerity.

Welsh AMs and PMs have asked the UK government for £30 million for repair work in Rhondda Cynon Taff, but Lesley Griffiths AM says nothing’s been confirmed yet.

Labour MP for Cardiff North Anna McMorrin is calling on the Prime Minister to take urgent action.


“A very constructive meeting”

Last week the storms caused a landslide in a Rhondda coal tip. This prompted a meeting between the First Minister, Mark Drakeford AM, and the Secretary of State, Simon Hart, MP. They met yesterday and spoke about making a database about coal tips so they can be monitored better.

The Environment Minister says anyone who’s concerned about coal tip safety should get in touch with their local authority.


“One month’s rain fell in 24 hours”

Lesley Griffiths AM speaking this morning

Environment Minister, Lesley Griffiths AM, has confirmed that more than 1,000 homes across Wales have been affected. Three hundred businesses are also thought to be damaged.

The River Taff reached its highest level in 40 years. It was 80cm higher than in 1979 – the last time there was significant flooding the South Wales Valleys.

Ministers have also confirmed that one month’s rain fell in 24 hours on the weekend.

But, 900 homes along the Taff were protected from the worst of the damage because of flood defences.


Our reporter at the Senedd