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First Minister pledges £2.3 million for flood protection across Wales

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has pledged £2.3 million to support communities across Wales at risk of flooding.

Cars abandoned on the A55 at Tal-y-bont near Bangor Credit: ITV Wales News

The announcement comes ahead of the First Minister's visit to flood affected areas in north Wales later this morning.

The Welsh Government say the funding follows a recent announcement from the UK Government Treasury for immediate support for homes and businesses affected by floods.

Credit: ITV Wales News

Thirteen inches of rain fell across Wales in December, the wettest month since records began, described by Mr Jones as an 'exceptional period of rainfall.'

The impacts we’ve seen over the festive period highlights the importance of us continuing to protect communities across the whole of Wales from flooding caused by adverse weather.

This has been an exceptional period of rainfall and although we have seen flooding, our river defences have performed well, protecting thousands of homes.

– First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones
The First Minister visited a number of flood-affected areas in north Wales on New Year's Eve Credit: ITV Wales News

The additional £2.3 million investment I’m announcing today builds on the £1 million we made available last week to local authorities for immediate repairs and maintenance to ensure homes and properties remain resilient.

It’s important to remember that since 2011 we’ve committed almost £300m, including European funding, to managing flood risk and an additional £150m will be invested in coastal risk management from 2018.

– First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones