Probe into flood­ing un­leashed by storm

Cynon Valley - - NEWS - AN­THONY LEWIS an­thony.lewis@waleson­line.co.uk

A VAL­LEYS coun­cil is launch­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into se­vere flood­ing which hit the area over the week­end be­fore last.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil cabi­net has agreed to re­lease £100,000 from its gen­eral re­serves to help cover the costs of heavy rains from Storm Cal­lum which caused se­vere flood­ing across parts of Wales and the UK.

It cost the coun­cil around £100,000 from its ex­ist­ing bud­get to deal with the flood­ing over the week­end and the re­serves have been re­leased to re­bal­ance this bud­get.

Coun­cil leader An­drew Mor­gan said there were only two ar­eas af­fected by river flood­ing, in­clud­ing Moun­tain Ash, but that most of the flood­ing came from moun­tain cul­verts and com­bined sewer sys­tems. He said: “There was too much wa­ter go­ing into the sew­er­age sys­tem. The pumps couldn’t cope.

“Be­tween 40 and 45 prop­er­ties have flooded and be­tween 15 and 20 busi­nesses.

“The main rea­son for the vari­a­tion in flood­ing was the level of rain­fall.”

He high­lighted that in one stream in Cil­fynydd there was 60mm of rain­fall and in the Coed Ely area there was 51mm recorded, com­pared to the river in Hir­waun where the level ex­ceeded the previous record of 1.09m with 1.21m be­ing recorded.

He added: “Where there are flood al­le­vi­a­tion schemes, ev­ery one one of them has worked.

“We have pre­vi­ously had flood­ing down the val­ley, but there was a del­uge at the top of the val­ley.

“We are do­ing some in­ves­ti­ga­tions to un­der­stand where the wa­ter is com­ing from and why. Some won’t be quick wins.”

He men­tioned that RCT, Car­marthen­shire, Ceredi­gion, Powys and Merthyr Tyd­fil were par­tic­u­larly badly af­fected, and that there is due to be a state­ment from the Welsh Gov­ern­ment on the mat­ter.

“I hope there will be some sort of sup­port – £200,000 to us is quite a con­sid­er­able amount. Some cul­verts were not built to take this much wa­ter.”

He also ex­pressed thanks for the hard work of coun­cil staff who dealt with the flood­ing.

PETER BOLTER

The A4059 in Aber­dare was closed by flood­ing

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