Flooding works in Rhyl need to continue, AM urges Minister

On-going work to recover from the December floods in Rhyl need to continue, local AM Ann Jones has told the Minister.

Despite of a new spate of floods across Wales, Mrs Jones has written to Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies, with her concerns that progress in rebuilding Rhyl after the floods may stall if Natural Resources Wales (NRW) takes its eyes off the ball.

In her letter, Mrs Jones raised a number of issues including why flood wardens were given the wrong information on the latest weather forecasts. They were advised that the tidal surge would miss Rhyl and unfortunately it did not do so. The computer modelling software used by officials was wrong and Mrs Jones has asked for information on how that was allowed to happen. Mrs Jones also highlighted her concerns about poor communication, which she was pleased to see had improved greatly in preparation for the latest round of storms which hit Wales, but did not affect Rhyl. The Minister has announced that a full review into flood defences across Wales will take place.

Mrs Jones said: “The clean-up operation is progressing well in the East of Rhyl and it is vital that all of the organisations involved keep up the good work that has been going on over the past few weeks.

“There will be an enormous amount of pressure on Natural Resources Wales to undertake repair work across Wales and it is important that the people of Rhyl are not forgotten. I will continue to work with my colleague; Chris Ruane MP and we will continue to push for works to continue in Rhyl with Ministers and their officials”.

The Rhyl Cut was also mentioned in Mrs Jones’ letter. She has told the Minister that the cut is often overgrown and poorly maintained and could be a flood risk. A breach would result in enormous damage being done to the adjacent properties in Rhyl. Mrs Jones has asked the Minister to include the Rhyl Cut in his comprehensive flooding review.