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A week after Wales was hit by Storm Ciara – which caused major flooding in the Conwy Valley – Storm Dennis hit the UK over 15th-19th February, bringing with it torrential rain having briefly been one of the most intense Atlantic storms ever recorded.
The Met Office issued a rare “Red” warning for rain over the Valleys, and many areas suffered extensive flooding, with Rhondda Cynon Taf (especially Pontypridd), Caerphilly county, Monmouthshire, Aberdulais and Crickhowell particularly hard-hit.
The River Taff in Cardiff reached its highest water levels since the 1970s, while the Wye reached a record high. Minor landslides were also reported in the Rhondda and near Aberfan, with concerns that former coal tips may have been destabilised by the excess rainfall.
The First Minister convened a flood summit and a statement is due to be made in the Senedd later today (25th February 2020).
The UK Government had been criticised for its lack of response, but Conservative MPs maintained that flood defences are a devolved responsibility. A group of Labour AMs and MPs wrote to the UK Treasury asking for £30million of flood relief – though the cost of the damage in Rhondda Cynon Taf alone has been estimated at £150million.