Responding to the long-awaited flooding report by Natural Resources Wales Mick Antoniw MS and Alex Davies-Jones MP said:

“We welcome this extensive report, which clearly illustrates that Rhondda Cynon Taf was disproportionately affected by the floods that hit Wales in February, and also provides valuable information in respect of why and how the flooding occurred.

“We also welcome NRW’s recognition of the devastation the floods brought on our communities and importantly, their acknowledgement that the ‘industry standard’ to which flood defences are currently constructed, may no longer be appropriate given the pace of climate change.

“This report is a necessary first step, but the important work is yet to come, and it needs to come quickly. Many of our constituents remain anxious about the coming winter months and the prospect of further flooding. It is vital that we improve defences if we are to remove the fear of flooding that can be as debilitating as a flood event itself.

“We’re calling on NRW to produce a supplementary report flowing the publication of the eight local section 19 reports for Taff Ely.

“As a result of our ongoing meetings with local residents and with key agencies such as NRW, Local and Welsh Government we will shortly publish our own report, which will identify the key interventions needed to help keep Taff Ely communities safe.”

You can download the report here