Leanne Hands Out Water to Those Left Without After Snow Storm

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Rhondda AM Leanne Wood helped get bottled water to people cut off after the heavy snowfall.

The Penygraig-based Leader of Plaid Cymru was handing out two litre bottles of water she had bought herself to people in Clydach, Tonypandy and her home town throughout Monday afternoon and evening before the supplies eventually came back on.

Hundreds of people were left without water after the heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures of last week. While Dŵr Cymru worked to restore the mains supply, the bottled water they distributed at central collection points did not get to everyone in need.

After being inundated with messages of constituents without water, Ms Wood decided to take matters into her own hands.

She said: “It became clear during Sunday that people had been without water in the Clydach area. I shared some information from Dŵr Cymru on my Facebook page and people were commenting that water was out in more and more places such as Cymmer, Trebanog, Penygraig and parts of Tonypandy.

“From my office we have been trying to coordinate supplies to people that have been unable to get any water from Dŵr Cymru. I was overwhelmed by the response from people trying to help distribute water and from people in need of water.

“We had to go outside the Rhondda to Pontypridd to get water as it had all sold out in the Rhondda and we got what we could. It was all gone by the Monday evening. So many other volunteers were involved in the extra distribution, it was heartening to see such strong community spirit.  

“It just goes to show how the people of Rhondda do their best to help others out during difficult situations.” 

Ms Wood added: “I would also like to thank Dŵr Cymru for working around the clock to restore the supplies as soon as possible.”

 


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