Investigation promised as Valleys communities are hit with floods yet again in 2020

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Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has pledged to speed up their investigations after parts of the Rhondda were hit with flooding following torrential rain and thunderstorms last week.

The Valleys were amongst the areas which took the brunt of storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge in February/March 2020. When floods hit last week, many households and businesses were still in the process of cleaning up their properties.

The flooding is suspected to be linked to blocked culverts and poorly-functioning water pumping stations.

Leanne Wood MS (Plaid, Rhondda) said: “We need an inquiry into why these areas are suddenly so vulnerable to flooding. This work should have happened already; even with restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Leader of RCT Council, Cllr. Andrew Morgan rejected a full inquiry but promised answers as soon as possible: “It does not appear that the culvert, which contributed to the flooding last February, was the cause of yesterday evening’s flooding in Pentre….To that end, I have asked officers to urgently bring forward a report that looks into the causes of flooding and identifies what action needs to be taken.”