The Rhondda AM has been helping residents deal with the aftermath of the weekend’s dreadful flooding.
Leanne Wood AM has met with residents in many of the communities such as Pentre, Treorci, Porth, Trehafod and Ynyshir that have all been affected by high rainfall and swollen rivers. Two public meetings have been organised to listen to the voices of people hit by the flooding.
As well as taking up residents concerns with bodies like Natural Resources Wales, Dwr Cymru and RCT Council, Leanne has been involved in distributing food, clothes and helping people to access essential equipment such as sandbags, dehumidifiers and industrial heaters to reduce damp in sodden properties.
She has also set up a crowd funder to appeal for cash to help affected residents and business owners return to normality. That fund will now be combined with a separate fund organised by the Rhondda MP.
“These floods have been absolutely devastating to so many people in lots of communities up and down the Rhondda,” said Leanne.
“When the water came rushing towards people’s properties in the middle of Saturday night, people had next-to-no warning and could do little to mitigate the destruction.
“People have since brought to me legitimate concerns around the flooding being exacerbated by mountain debris, blocked culverts and malfunctioning pump stations. I raised these concerns immediately with the relevant authorities.
“With more bad weather on the horizon, it is vital that immediate action is taken to mitigate whatever weather we get in the coming weeks and months. We also have to assume that this adverse weather is going to become more of the norm.”
Leanne added: “Amid all this destruction and sorrow, we have seen the best of the Rhondda. People have pulled together in a way that can only be described as uplifting. There have been incredible acts of kindness, generosity and humanity throughout the Rhondda to help those in need. People have really pulled together. It makes me so proud to come from the Rhondda.
“I have always believed that the Rhondda’s best asset is its people and the community spirit – that has been proven repeatedly over the past week.”
If you would like a copy of the grant application form for the fund that Leanne has helped to organise, please call into the office on 68 Pontypridd Road, Porth. Alternatively you can email [email protected] or call 01443 681420.
The council are also making grants of £500 available. To get them, the council are urging people with the means to apply online to use the following link: https://forms.rctcbc.gov.uk/en/Web/floodingassistance/ContactDetails
If you are without access to a computer and internet connection, you can call the council department responsible for providing flood assistance on 01443 425001.