South Wales Central consists of communities within the boundaries of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Local Authorities. Though flooding is a regular occurrence in many communities within the region, the flooding that occurred in February 2020 as a result of Storm Dennis was undoubtedly the worst to happen for decades with 1,498 homes and businesses flooded in Rhondda Cynon Taf alone. 21 properties were flooded in Cardiff at the same time. Some of the same homes were further flooded in June 2020. In December 2020, 18 properties in Sully were affected by surface water flooding, and 98 properties in Dinas Powys.
Extensive damage was also caused to infrastructure including bridges, rail and road networks, business parks and leisure facilities.
When the flooding occurred in February 2020, I was a Councillor for Pontypridd Town ward. Both homes and businesses suffered devastating flooding, and along with colleagues, community activists, voluntary groups, business owners, staff and councillors from the LA and town and community councils, I was part of the emergency response providing both practical and emotional support to many. Seeing first-hand the devastation and trauma led me to submit a petition calling on the Welsh Government to instigate an Independent Inquiry into the floods. This received over 6,000 signatures and was debated a number of times in the Senedd.
In May 2021, I was elected as a Member of the Senedd for the region and vowed to continue to fight for justice for the communities affected and that remain at risk. The evidence collated in this report was gathered by myself during my time as a Councillor, and my team since I was elected to the Senedd. It contains the testimony of many victims of flooding, who remain deeply traumatised by their experiences as well as the continued threat. Whilst many are pleased to see this independent review take place, 89% of residents surveyed still believe an independent inquiry is needed.
Read the full evidence by clicking the image below.