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Report reveals flood risk investments

A report by Natural Resources Wales has found £165 million has been invested in flood and coastal protection schemes since 2011.

Millions invested to reduce flood risk in Wales

Aberystwyth was one of the places battered by storms this year Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A new report by Natural Resources Wales has found that £165 million has been invested in flood and coastal protection schemes since November 2011.

The investment, from the Welsh Government and European funding,is thought to have directly reduced the risk of flooding for more than 6,500 homes and businesses.

Since November 2011, Wales has experienced destructive and extensive flooding, with more than a thousand homes and businesses hit in places like Ceredigion, St Asaph, Ruthin and Rhyl.

In total, floods caused an estimated £71 million of damage.

The flooding we have seen in recent years in communities like Ceredigion, St Asaph and Rhyl, and the impact it has on people's lives, shows how important this work is.

With climate change predicting that we are likely to see more extreme weather in the future, we are taking action now to make sure we can be more resilient to the increased risk of flooding.

There is much work still to be done, but it is encouraging to see so many people who have suffered in the past working together and taking steps to make themselves and their communities better prepared for flooding.

– Steve Cook, Natural Resources Wales

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