Call made to give grants to Rhyl flood victims


Matt Jones

CALLS have been made for grant funding to help 150 Rhyl households submerged by December's floods.

Community leaders have said the Welsh Government should take the UK Government's lead and provide grant funding for the households affected in East Rhyl in December.
Cllr David Smith, Denbighshire's cabinet lead member for environment said: "The time is now for the Welsh Government to provide direct financial assistance to households affected by the winter flooding, in the same way that UK Government is providing £5,000 per household in England."

During the winter storms which saw the highest tidal surge for more than 20 years batter Rhyl, Prestatyn and Kinmel Bay, more than 300 homes were flooded across Wales.

Repair costs to coastal defences estimated to be around £8.1m - approximately £1.8m in Denbighshire.

Cllr Smith said: "The Welsh Government has already pledged around £4.6m for those repairs - but nothing yet directly for households affected but if we want to encourage householders to make their homes more resilient for future years, the best way to do this would be to offer a grant in the way that the UK Government has, to be used to include flood protection measures in their repairs.

"I can't stress enough that the Welsh Government needs to make this pledge and urgent commitment now as residents in East Rhyl and other communities have already started the repair and recovery work on their own homes."

A community fund set up in Rhyl has made awards of £100 to victims.


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