Flood funding cuts reversed in Plaid budget deal

Funding cuts for flood defences have been reversed after pressure by Plaid Cymru on the Labour Government in Cardiff.

The deal to secure an additional £10m for flood defences will help ensure communities at risk from flooding get the protection they need, says Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd.

Mr Gruffydd had last week raised concerns about Labour’s plan to cut the flood defence budget in the Assembly chamber and said he was delighted that Plaid Cymru had been able to reverse that: “There are vulnerable communities that will benefit from this extra funding. Flood defences are needed in many areas of Wales and, over the past year, I’ve seen for myself the problems that develop when the defences aren’t up to scratch.

“We need to be thinking about a more comprehensive way of dealing with our water management, to ensure flooding doesn’t happen in the first place, but we also have to acknowledge the need for physical flood defences to protect towns, villages and important buildings where needed.”

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