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Rhyl Mayor 'gobsmacked' by royal couple donation

The Mayor of Rhyl has said he was "gobsmacked" after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge donated £5,000 to help flood victims in North Wales.

Andrew Rutherford revealed on Facebook that the royal couple had made the donation to the town's flood appeal.

A Clarence House spokesperson confirmed that the pair had made the private donation, but declined to comment on the amount.

I was gobsmacked when the letter arrived but it goes to show that when you keep the awareness of an issue in the media things can, and do, happen. Thank you William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

– Andrew Rutherford, Mayor of Rhyl

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge help for flood victims

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge used to live in Anglesey Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have donated £5,000 to help flood victims in North Wales.

Andrew Rutherford, the mayor of Rhyl, revealed on Facebook that the royal couple had made the donation to the town's flood appeal.

A Clarence House spokesman confirmed that the pair had made a private donation but declined to comment on the amount.

The Royal couple lived on the island of Anglesey when they were first married, and the nearby seaside town of Rhyl was severely affected by storms in December.

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Cameron sees flood damage in Newgale and St Davids

Our Political Editor Adrian Masters is in Pembrokeshire with the Prime Minister.

David Cameron has been seeing the damage done by flooding in Newgale, and visiting businesses in St Davids.

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PM is in West Wales & South West England today visiting people affected by the recent flooding & local businesses

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David Cameron has been visiting Pembrokeshire to see the damage done by flooding in Newgale and to meet businesses in St. David’s.

He tweeted his support for councils giving council tax rebates to residents whose homes have been flooded.

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I can confirm we will fund councils that give council tax rebates to people whose homes have been flooded.

PICTURED: Aftermath of Treorchy floods

One house had to tear up the floor Credit: Mike Griffiths/ITV News

Residents in Treorchy are returning to their homes after flash floods hit the area overnight.

A local pumping station failed during heavy rainfall causing 30 homes to be evacuated.

One resident told ITV News they saw water coming in through the front and back of their house.

The picture above shows the floor of one house which had to be taken up.

Damaged furniture in a house on High Street, Treorchy Credit: Mike Griffiths/ITV News

Flood prevention measures tested in Tal-y-bont

One of the villages hit by severe flooding last June is at the centre of an emergency exercise this weekend, to see if new flood protection measures can prevent such an event happening again.

Volunteers in Tal-y-bont in Ceredigion are re-enacting a flood scenario, with residents checking if they can install flood gates quickly, and with a trial of the roles members of the community will play in an emergency.

Over the last 12 months we've been working closely with volunteers from the community to develop a plan which captures all the important information and actions they need to take if a flood warning is issued.

We can't prevent all flooding from happening, but if floods were to threaten the area again in the future, the hard work these volunteers have put in now will mean that they are better placed to respond and protect their homes.

– Simone Eade, Natural Resources Wales

Once the exercise is complete agencies will work together to identify areas where the flood plan can be strengthened. Natural Resources Wales say a new flood warning service for the village is due to go live in Autumn 2014.

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Port Talbot homes and A477 affected by flooding

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#mwwcontrol Fire service attending flooding incidents in the area of Port Talbot #Flooding

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#mwwcontrol A477 closed to public between Red Roses & Kilgetty due to flooding #floods

The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with flooded homes in Port Talbot. Houses in Olive Street and Dunraven Street have had water pumped out.

In Neath, several properties threatened by flood water have had water pumped away.

Meanwhile, the A477 has been closed between Red Roses and Kilgetty in Pembrokeshire.

Better co-ordination needed to cope with emergencies

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Flooding in St Asaph, Denbighshire, November 2012 Credit: PA

There is room for improvement in the way organisations respond to civil emergencies such as major floods and extreme weather, according to a National Assembly committee.

The Public Accounts Committee has recommended closer scrutiny of how organisations such as the police, fire, medical services and local authorities plan for and cope with such emergencies.

The committee also concludes that a proposal to shift to a regional model of response will require a 'step change' in co-ordination and co-operation between all relevant bodies.

The Welsh Government has expressed its desire to take on the responsibility of managing the response to civil emergencies, which is a devolved power in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

But the committee has recommended that the Welsh Government clarify what resources it requires to take on such responsibilities from the UK Government.

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