Extra funding provided to flood-hit communities

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The Welsh Government has made an additional £2.8million of emergency funding available to communities hit by flooding during Storms Ciara and Dennis earlier in 2020.

Many communities are dealing with a double crisis of continuing clean up efforts whilst also trying to live under restrictions put in place by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Welsh Government will now 100% fund the preparation and design of new flood defence schemes, while a combined £1.46million has been made available to Conwy, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf councils to undertake emergency repairs to culverts and flood defences.

Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths (Lab, Wrexham) said: “As well as providing further funds for repairs to defences damaged by floods, we also want to encourage authorities to develop more schemes to manage the long term risk of flooding and bring peace of mind to their communities.”

The Minister also reminded households in flood-hit areas to look at their home insurance policies, as the UK-wide Flood Re scheme provides access to affordable home insurance – including households who may have been denied insurance in the past.

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