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Climate Week - looking at the future of flood risk in Wales

As part of Climate Week, Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales, looks at the future of flood risk in Wales and how taking a broader approach in the future can reduce the risk for people and help the environment.

This winter Wales has witnessed two of the most devastating storms to hit our coastline in decades.

Hundreds of homes and businesses flooded, thousands of people affected, hundreds of acres of farmland swamped, transport links severed, millions of pounds worth of damage caused.

It will take many months to recover from the fear, heartbreak and destruction they caused.

Our report on the coastal floods, commissioned by the Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies AM, identified more than £11million worth of damage to the Welsh coast, £8.1million of this to coastal flood defences.

In 2012 we also saw flooding, this time on rivers, devastating communities in Ruthin, St Asaph and in the Aberystwyth area.

England has also witnessed flooding on a large scale in the Somerset Levels, the Thames Valley and other areas.

We are experiencing more extreme weather patterns. And while we cannot attribute any single event to climate change, these types of event are exactly what we would expect from the warming climate: more storms, more intense rainfall, and more frequent, severe flooding.

At Natural Resources Wales, and amongst our partners, we are already planning for this increased risk.

Read this story in full on the Wales Online website.

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