Bridgend Council welcomes ‘fresh thinking’ flooding report from Natural Resources Wales

Bridgend County Borough Council has welcomed a report from Natural Resources Wales calling for fresh thinking on how flooding is dealt with in future.

The report outlines the impact of record rainfall and river flows triggered by Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge earlier this year.

All arrived in the UK following an exceptionally wet winter, and led to the most severe and widespread flooding incidents experienced in Wales since 1979.

Councillor Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “As an authority, we welcome the publication of this report, and support its calls for greater investment into infrastructure and other ways of limiting future flood risk.

“Bridgend County Borough Council has already carried out a great deal of work to tackle problems associated with severe weather and heavy rainfall.

“We carry out regular inspections of all of the culverts, drains and watercourses which come under our responsibility, and undertake strategic CCTV surveys at locations ranging from Heol Faen, Commercial Street, Cardiff Street, Neath Road and Garwen Road to Merfield Close, Bryn Road, Oak Way and Heol Goedog.

“If drainage appears to be a problem, we respond promptly and carry out drainage survey to ascertain whether there are any blockages or a build-up or silt that needs to be cleared, or if there is a larger issue that needs to be dealt with.

“We clear tree roots within our culverted watercourses and drainage assets, and have carried out a range of improvements to make sure our highways network remains clear and safe to use.

“In the last year, we have replace damaged culvert grids at Gwendoline Street in Nantymoel and Bethania Row in Ogmore Vale, and maintain a system of flood sensors which are triggered when water levels rise above a certain depth.

“Of course, no system is foolproof, and there is always the chance that drainage may become blocked due to fly-tipping or objects that have washed downstream, or in extreme conditions, otherwise overwhelmed by the sheer volume of rainfall.

“That is why it is good to see that the report from Natural Resources Wales has coincided with the publication of Welsh Government’s new National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management.

“This offers a framework for determining how risks from flooding and coastal erosion will be managed across Wales in the future, and the council and its partners will be considering the implications carefully.”

  • You can read the report from Natural Resources Wales at their website.