The Minister announced an extra £2m to reduce flood and coastal erosion risk to properties in North and West Wales and emphasised the Welsh Government’s ongoing commitment to managing flood risk.
The Minister visited the Riverside area of Newport which is situated on the left bank of the River Usk to see the ongoing construction of a new, £7m flood defence.
The Minister said:
“We know that one in six Welsh homes is at risk of flooding. To ensure that we adapt successfully to climate change, it is vital that we manage our shores and rivers effectively.
“The £7m investment of Welsh Government and ERDF funding towards the improvements that Environment Agency Wales is making to flood defences here in Riverside is helping to safe guard 420 local properties. It is also helping to provide local jobs and much needed support to the construction industry at this difficult economic time.
“The Welsh Government remains committed to investing in flood and coastal defence work and I am delighted to announce an extra £2m to reduce the risks to vulnerable homes and businesses in the Colwyn Bay and Borth regions of North & West Wales.
"Additionally, earlier this month I launched our National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management which sets out exactly what the Welsh Government and Local Authorities will do to manage flood risk across Wales ”
The Riverside area of Newport is home to 373 residential homes and 47 commercial properties, and is potentially a life threatening flood risk hot spot because of the possibility of rapid flooding and the relatively poor access into and out of the area.
The risk to the area has been compounded by the deterioration of existing flood defences. To address this problem, £7m funding from the Welsh Government and European Regional Development Fund has been provided to the Environment Agency Wales for the construction of a new flood defence. The defence has been designed so that the flood walls can be raised further if necessary and should withstand climate change related risk for the next 100 years.