The Member of the Senedd for the Rhondda has been assured by Dwr Cymru that they have carried out numerous inspections ahead of heavy rain forecast for the next few days.
Leanne Wood was contacted by Dwr Cymru after asking a series of questions following the third flood for some Rhondda homes in just four months. Parts of Pentre, Treorci and Maerdy were flooded last week following torrential rain. Leanne has subsequently called for a public inquiry into why the Rhondda is suddenly so flood prone.
A petition to support this, has garnered more than 2,000 signatures already. During a plenary session this week Leanne grilled the Labour Government over the flooding and pressed them for an inquiry – something they refused to implement despite Labour MPs calling for one into flooding in England.
Leanne said: “Since the most recent floods in the Rhondda, I have been in touch with Dwr Cymru to ask questions about what they are doing to prevent keep water levels down. While I am waiting for a substantive response to my questions, they have been in touch to say they have carried out a number of inspections in affected areas to ensure the network is prepared for severe weather. “These inspections included examinations of the public sewer system, sewer overflow screens and the surface water pumping stations. They have assured me they be closely monitoring the network in the event of severe weather and will respond immediately to any problems within their network, while also supporting the council and NRW.”
She added: “I hope this will provide some reassurance to people in flood prone areas. Many have told me they cannot sleep at night when it is raining. Anxiety levels are through the roof as a result of repeated flooding and the misery it has brought with it. People should not have to live like this which is why I want a public inquiry into flooding in the Rhondda and beyond.
“This can work in tandem with any remedial work that needs to be carried out swiftly – it is not a case of either or as some critics have tried to make out. People deserve to have the confidence that their homes are safe and will remain dry when we have heavy bouts of rain which will only become more common in future due to the climate crisis.
“That peace of mind is not too much to ask for and a public inquiry would hopefully provide that as it will be extensive and get to the root of the problem.”