Cllr Andrew Morgan and Cllr Barrie Morgan visit the site
Residents and businesses in Cilfynydd will shortly benefit from a £240,000 flood alleviation scheme in an effort to minimise the impact on the locality during periods of adverse weather.
As heavy storms and flooding continue to cause chaos in parts of the UK, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council secured £2.5M of funding for flood alleviation works, thanks to its Capital Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government Government’s Flood Risk Management Grant.
The Council’s contractor, Alun Griffiths Ltd, will begin work on the Nant Cae Dudwg Flood Alleviation Scheme this week. Residents in the locality are being informed directly of the work.
A total of 11 residential and three commercial properties in the Cilfynydd area will benefit from the project to help alleviate historical flooding issues centred around the culvert inlet along side Pant Ddu Road and the locally known ‘Cilfynydd Baths’ area.
The project will comprise the renewal and raising of the flood wall at the inlet together with a reconfiguration of the inlet grill.
As natural debris from the hillside is seen as a contributing factor exacerbated by the continual failure of the upstream lido area, this will be modified to stabilise the collapsing walls, retain debris and allow fish to pass.
This will minimise the amount of debris travelling downstream onto the inlet grill and minimise the damage to the grill from on-going debris removal. A warning system will be installed on the inlet to provide maintenance teams with advanced warnings of potential blockage.
Risk of localised flooding continues to be an issue during and after the project and the Council’s Flood Risk Management team continues to work with partners in the community and the Waste Management and Streetcare divisions of the Council to minimise that risk.
However, the risk of flooding significantly increases where there is illegal tipping of rubbish in and around the streams and culverts. The Council therefore requests that the general public only uses official and legal means for disposal of their rubbish.
Further information on the Council’s waste collection service and enforcement policies can be found at www.rctcbc.gov.uk or by calling 01443 425001.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, added: “The Council realises the effects that climate change is having on our weather system and increased rainfall continues to heighten the risk of flooding to our local towns and streets.
“Whist it’s not possible to prevent flooding as a Council, Rhondda Cynon Taf is continuing to seek funding to support investment in steps to manage the risks flooding presents and attempting to reduce both its frequency and consequence.
“As a Council we are continuing to do all we can to prepare ourselves for the increasing problem of flooding and this scheme further demonstrates our commitment to ensure that we protect our residents as far as we possibly can.”
For further details visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/flooding