Cash support plea for flooded communities

Flooded householders and businesses in north Wales will need financial support similar to that provided in the Valleys after last year’s floods, Plaid Cymru has said.

Last year the Welsh Government made £500 available to householders that had been flooded and some local authorities, such as Rhondda Cynon Tâf, supplemented that with a further £500. Payments were also made to businesses affected (1).

Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS, visited areas flooded out in Ruthin today and said: “Last night’s floods have forced people in Bangor-on-Dee, New Broughton and Ruthin out of their homes and we’re very grateful to the emergency services for their support throughout this. 

“This is putting huge additional strain on councils and other public services as they also try to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic so I’m urging Welsh Government to ensure there is funding in place to help communities to recover and that councils in particular are not out of pocket as a result of this extra work.

“We also need to see the Welsh Government provided a one-off payment for householders and businesses who are flooded to help them get back on track. £500 will not put right any flooding but it can help tide families over the next few days and weeks in terms of replacing ruined household goods.

“I’ve written to the First Minister urging speedy action by the Government for flooded-out families in the North.”

Ruthin councillor Emrys Wynne added: “The rapid rise in the flood water last night led to the evacuation of some residents in the Mill Street area. I’m very grateful to all the emergency services and volunteers who assisted with ensuring a safe evacuation and we’ll now be working to ensure residents can return to their homes as soon as it’s safe.”

LETTER TO MARK DRAKEFORD

Dear Mark

You will be aware that last night’s floods forced people in Bangor-on-Dee, New Broughton and Ruthin out of their homes.

The round-the-clock work of the emergency services and councils involved has been much appreciated. 

Of course this emergency work is putting huge additional strain on councils and other public services as they also try to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic so I’m urging you and the Welsh Government to ensure there is funding in place to help communities to recover and that councils, in particular, are not out of pocket as a result of this extra work.

Last year, residents in the Valleys who had been flooded out received a one-off £500 payment from Welsh Government (1). We also need to see the Welsh Government provided a similar one-off payment for householders and businesses in the North who are flooded to help them get back on track. £500 will not put right any flooding but it can help tide families over the next few days and weeks in terms of replacing ruined household goods.

Your speedy response would be appreciated.

Yours

(1) https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/EmergenciesSafetyandCrime/WelshGovernmentsupportforfloodvictims.aspx#:~:text=Financial%20help%20for%20flood%20victims,did%20not%20cover%20flood%20damage.

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