Wales tackles flooding

Tuesday March 5th, 2013

Government Opportunities (GO) Environment Minister, John Griffiths, has announced the Welsh Government will spend £47m on flood and coastal erosion risk management, during 2013/14.

The minister met with members of Welsh Government, local authorities, the Met Office, Environment Agency Wales, Dwr Cymru, emergency services and other key partners –  at the Flood Summit -to discuss the issues.

The Flood Summit forecast how future defenses could be funded by highlighting the progress already made, which includes:

•The launch of Wales’ first National Strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management in 2011.

•Welsh Government investment of over £150m in flood defence over the life of this Government.

•Improved understanding of flood risk areas and better flood  mapping.

•Publication of research which looks at a flood support service for communities in Wales.

•Work to develop a National Programme of Investment which will enable Welsh Government  to prioritise communities most at risk and to target funding more effectively.

•A programme of community engagement  to raise awareness of local  flooding risk.

•The expansion of the flood alert system, Floodline to over 100,000 subscribers.

John Griffiths said: “The Welsh Government will continue to provide strategic leadership and invest significantly in a range of measures to improve our resilience to flooding. In return we need and expect to see the continued commitment and co-operation from all flood risk management authorities in Wales.”

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