Local AM warmly welcomes funding for flood hit Denbighshire

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones, has warmly welcomed news that the Welsh Labour Government is to provide additional funding to Denbighshire County Council to rebuild the secondary sea wall in Rhyl which failed during the December 2013 storm.

Mrs Jones said: “This new funding will be welcome news to residents who were badly affected by the winter’s floods. It is very important that we learn the lessons of the December storm and this goes some way to reassure residents that work is to take place to prevent flooding in the immediate future.

“The Minister’s full review into what needs to happen has just begun and I look forward to seeing how this recommends improving protection for the whole of the Vale of Clwyd”.

Current estimates for immediate emergency repairs to flood defence infrastructure from local authorities across Wales have reached £2 million. The Minister, Alun Davies, is awaiting more comprehensive reports from Natural Resources Wales to inform further funding needs including medium to long term funding requirements.

Support packages are available for businesses affected by the recent floods and storms. Advice and support is available through the Business Wales website and helpline.
Rhyl was one of the worst affected areas which caused damage to many communities across the north Wales coast. 150 properties were flooded with sea water. Properties flooded were predominantly bungalows with 400 people evacuated to a Rest Centre at Rhyl leisure centre. Denbighshire County Council has found temporary accommodation for 54 people whilst the remaining found alternative accommodation with friends and relatives. Ysgol Bryn Hedydd was evacuated as a precautionary measure and the children also taken to the Rest Centre. Around 2000 properties across North Wales lost power with 780 of these being in Rhyl, although some of these were due to power supply being switched off for safety reasons.