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Politicians pen letter to Treasury appealing for £30m of floods support

Cars submerged in Nantgarw, south Wales after severe weather last weke Credit: PA Images

Welsh politicians have written an open letter to the chancellor appealing for money to help efforts to rebuild after Storm Dennis.

The letter, written by eight MPs and AMs, says that cost to repair damage to private property across the Rhondda Cynon Taf area is almost £150m with the repair bill for bridges and roads being in the region of £20m - £30m.

£150m
Cost to repair damage to private property in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Containers filled with ruined belongings line the road at Nantgarw a week after the floods Credit: ITV Wales

The letter states the cost would "swamp the council's total annual general capital funding allocation of £13.4million."

The letter adds that charitable donations have almost reached £200,000.

"We are a resilient community", the letter reads.

"Many hundreds of people have mucked in and helped out. We are generous, too... But however generous we are individually we do not have deep pockets."

Read the letter, in full, below.

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Concerns have also been raised over the safety of old coal tips in south Wales following a number of landslides during the bad weather. The First Minister said he would be holding a meeting with the UK Government about the issue.

A spokesperson said the UK Government will "continue to engage with and support the Welsh Government" on flood relief and coal tip safety.

The UK Government has communicated with emergency services, local authorities and the Welsh Government - including the First Minister - throughout the past week in response to the flooding.

Whilst flood defences and the response to flooding in Wales are devolved we will continue to engage with and support the Welsh Government on flood relief and coal tip safety.

– UK Government Spokesperson