Saturday, 20 June 2020

We need a National database of poor drainage areas in Wales.

Although I didn't  see anything like the amount of flooding the poor people of Pentre experienced my drains and that of my neighbours failed  to cope once again and my street looked like a stream.

It saw measures of sewage and other in wanted deposits outside our houses and it wasn't  very pleasant.

But in Pentre, residents some of whom have not returned to their homes since February after they flooded in Storm Dennis were left heartbroken again on Wednesday night when water started to pour into their houses again.
Many are angry and frustrated this has happened again. They want answers why and reassurances that it will be prevented in the future.
One of the potential causes of flooding in the Rhondda village in February was a nearby blocked culvert.
It was later revealed that tree felling by Natural Resources Wales resulted in the culvert becoming blocked.
Locals were angry the flooding might have been prevented and NRW's duty tactical manager, Bill Purvis, promised a full investigation into what happened.
However, months later flash flooding hit the area again, with Lewis Street, Pleasant Street and Llewellyn Street once again affected.
This time there was less water and it subsided much faster, but it has still left residents upset.
Rhondda Member of the Senedd, Leanne Wood, has called for an "urgent inquiry and action" into the flooding that for some people has been the third of forth time this year.
She said that residents in Pentre said the drains were clogged up with silt that had not been cleared since the last floods earlier this year.
"People are angry and frustrated that this has happened twice already this year. For some households, they have been flooded more than that. I share that anger and frustration - it is not acceptable.
"What is needed is urgent assistance from the various authorities to prevent further flooding.
"We need an inquiry into why these areas are suddenly so vulnerable to flooding. This work should have happened already; even with restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic."
One potential cause of the flooding were the drains, which as Mr Burkhill from the Met Office explained could have been overwhelmed by the intensity of the rainfall in such a short period of time.
However some residents claimed that the drains were blocked with "silt and mud" left behind from Storm Dennis.
Drains on public highways are the responsibility of the local authority. but as many experienced , it starts in the streets but then the drains immediately adjacent   to their homes flood , or sometimes it is these drains Choi are the immediate problem.

What we need is online survey  where residents can record how their drains around their houses and streets cope with heavy rain like we experienced on Thursday and a Map of potential trouble spots, this would then be used to create a national database , to show the extent of the problem
Responsibility for such drains whether  in the immediate housing area or streets or main highway  should come under one agency and the Welsh Senedd should have a minister responsible in seeing that a response to problems like that in Pentre are resolved and a national plan devised to ensure that potential problems once recognised  should be dealt with as soon as possible , it also means that control over our Water should extend to the whole of Wales and an end to the  Severn Trent incursion.

New Builds should only be allowed when it is clear that they are not prone to regular flooding  and there is adequate drainage for sewage and heavy rainfalls.
It is going to be very expensive to fix such problems which I suspect exists in higher numbers that have been officially recorded., but the costs of fixing things after the events like Pentre over the years will be higher and certainly more distressing for residents.

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