Following the significant damage and disruption caused by Storm Dennis over the weekend, the Council has issued an update to residents on the recovery operation so far and the next steps to be taken over the coming weeks.
It is estimated that over 530 homes and at least 300 businesses across the County Borough have been affected by flood waters and, in response, the Council Leader has established a Community Flood Recovery Grant – Hardship Payment, which is making £500 available to each home and £1,000 to small and medium sized enterprises affected to help deal with the initial impact of internal flooding.
To tackle the damage, Council staff from a number of departments including Cleansing, Environmental Health, Highways, Housing and Communities for Work have been working to support those residents and businesses that have been affected, with assistance also coming from Persimmon, Vale of Glamorgan CBC and other contractors and organisations across Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The unprecedented level of damage means that not all streets, houses and businesses have yet been visited, but every effort is being made to ensure that those impacted by the weather have or will be supported.
These efforts will continue over the next few weeks and a particular focus will be given to those residents who have been made homeless and businesses that have been forced to close as a result of the storm.
With further inclement weather forecast for today (Wednesday, February 19) into tomorrow (Thursday, February 20), the Council is continuing to prioritise actions to protect residents and businesses and are in close liaison with Natural Resources Wales, who maintain overall responsibilities for our rivers.
In addition, Storm Dennis has also brought a significant level of damage to a number of highways, structures and Council buildings caused by the flooding, which has and will continue to impact on service delivery; whilst the landslips at Maerdy Mountain and Tylorstown are continuing to be closely monitored.
Leader of the Council, County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, said: “We are still in the process of fully understanding the extent of the damage caused by Storm Dennis over the weekend, although the impact that the weather has had on our communities is absolutely clear.
“The indications show that some areas at the northern ends of Rhondda Cynon Taf saw a month’s worth of rainfall in just 24 hours and this consequently saw our three rivers reaching their highest recorded levels, with the River Taff topping out at over 5 metres – breaking the record which has stood since 1979.
“In response, Council staff and a number of other agencies and organisations have been working around the clock to support our communities and I would like to give my thanks for their efforts.
“Having also visited a number of areas across the County that have been particularly badly hit, including Pontypridd, Nantgarw, Pentre and Mountain Ash, I have established a Community Flood Recovery Grant – Hardship Payment, to provide some support to the homes and high street businesses that have suffered from internal flooding. Further information and details on applying for the scheme will be made public shortly; whilst the Welsh Government also announced the establishment of an emergency fund of up to £10m to help respond to the damage caused.
“We are urging all residents who have suffered from internal flooding to let us know by filling out the e-form on the Council’s website. This will also give residents the opportunity to book a free collection of household goods damaged by the flooding.
“We understand that this is an extremely distressing time for those who have been impacted by the flooding, but I would like to reassure residents that the Council are taking every effort to provide as much support as we can."
Residents who have been impacted by internal flooding are being urged to let the Council know by filling out an e-form, which can be found here along with other information on the support available: https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/EmergenciesSafetyandCrime/Floodingassistance.aspx
Posted on Wednesday 19th February 2020