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First Flood Alleviation Scheme Storms to Completion!

First of four schemes storms to completion thanks to £2.5M flood alleviation funding secured by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council from the Capital Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government’s Flood Risk Management Grant.

The completed first scheme will now directly benefit 11 residential properties and three commercial properties in the Cilfynydd area. The scheme will also alleviate and minimise flooding to the wider area, as it tackles historical flooding issues centred around the culvert inlet alongside Pant Ddu Road and the locally known ‘Cilfynydd Lido’ area.

The project included the renewal and raising of the flood wall at the inlet together with changes to the inlet grill. Works have also been carried out to retain leaves and other debris from the hillside and to stabilise the collapsing walls 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 has been installed on the inlet to provide maintenance teams with advanced warnings of potential blockage.

Three further key areas are also benefitting as part of the £2.5M funding - Nant Gwawr, Aberaman, the Nant y Fedw, Abercynon, Cilfynydd and Bwlfa Road, Cwmdare. Initial works are now underway across the remaining three schemes and works are expected to be complete by Spring 2015.

All four areas have seen flooding in recent years and it is hoped that this funding will now reduce the risk to future flooding events taking place.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Highways and Strategic projects, said: “We can never stop or fully prevent flooding, but we can manage the risks and reduce the consequences and we are committed to doing so across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

“As a Council we will continue to do all we can to prepare ourselves for the increasing problem of flooding and this funding is certainly helping to that. The investment further demonstrates our commitment to ensure that we protect our residents as far as we possibly can.

“As a Council, Rhondda Cynon Taf will continue to seek funding to support investment in steps to manage the risks flooding presents and attempting to reduce both its frequency and consequence.

“Residents across Rhondda Cynon Taf are also encouraged to do their bit, by either clearing debris from culverts and drains where possible or by reporting it to the Council as soon as possible.”

Councillor Barrie Morgan, local Ward Member for Cilfynydd added:

“The £240,000 that has now been invested in the Nant Cae Dudwg, Cilfynydd has been welcomed by residents and businesses in the area and I am pleased that this has now been completed. It is hoped that this historically flood hit area will now see a reduction in flooding for many years to come.”

Despite the works that have and will be carried out, there will still be a risk of localised flooding in the area and the Council will continue to work with its partners in the community to minimise this as far as possible.

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 and where possible clears any debris in the early stages. If this is not possible, residents are asked to contact the Council - by calling 01443 425001 or visiting www.rctcbc.gov.uk/flooding.