This morning (5 October 2021), Heledd Fychan MS for South Wales Central visited some of the communities affected overnight by flooding.
Having received tens of messages by people flooded, or worried that they would flood, Heledd was out knocking doors in Pontypridd, Cilfynydd and Rhydyfelin to witness the damage with her own eyes and to discuss with residents and businesses any support they require.
Speaking during her visit in Rhydyfelin, Heledd said: “Of those affected last night, the majority are still to receive a flood gate that was promised to them following the devastating floods of February 2020.
“I have previously raised this with the Minister for Climate Change and today I also raised with the Leader and Chief Executive of RCT Council, and I will continue to campaign for every home and business to receive the support they need and deserve.”
Heledd also had an opportunity this afternoon in the Senedd to raise this directly with the First Minister, asking what support is available for those who have suffered trauma and emotional distress as a result of flooding. His answer was disappointing, making it clear that there are no specialised services to support at risk communities.
Heledd said: “People affected by flooding can’t sleep when it rains heavily. They are up all night, watching the river, watching drains and culverts and fearful that their homes and businesses will be damaged again.
“They are traumatised and need answers, as well as greater support.
“I will continue to campaign for an independent inquiry into the 2020 floods, so that lessons can be learnt for the future and investment secured to ensure we are able to protect homes and businesses as far as possible from extreme weather, which will only become more frequent as a result of the climate and nature emergency.”