This week marks three years since devastating flooding hit communities across South Wales Central as a result of Storm Dennis.
Speaking during First Minister’s questions in the Senedd today, Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd Heledd Fychan outlined the continued impact on children and adults living in the communities affected and called on the Welsh Government to provide greater support, including mental health services as well as investment in the establishment of flood action groups.
Disappointingly, Lesley Griffiths MS, who was deputising for the First Minister, rejected both calls.
Responding to the confirmation that no further support is being planned for the people she represents, Heledd Fychan MS said:
“Children and adults remain traumatised following the devastating flooding of 2020, living in fear every time it rains heavily and unable to sleep.
“Some have even been told by Natural Resources Wales that there is a risk to their lives if their homes flood in the future, meaning they aren’t just fearful that their homes will be damaged but that their lives are in danger.
“Welsh Government has a duty to do more to support children and adults who live in at-risk communities, including providing access to psychological support as well as supporting the establishment of flood action groups.
“With the three-year anniversary of Storm later this week, many victims feel forgotten and abandoned.
“Whilst we can’t promise that their homes and businesses won’t be flooded again, we must do everything possible to minimise risk and ensure they are supported should the worse ever happen again.
“Today, I reiterate my commitment to continue their fight for justice and to ensure that they receive the support they need.”