Tireless workers thanked for response to two extreme storms in successive weeks

Monday, 17 February 2020

WLGA has today thanked council staff all over Wales for going “above and beyond” in the wake of the disruption wrought on all parts of the country by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis.

An unprecedented 6.5in of rain fell in the 48 hours between lunchtime on Friday and Saturday, causing significant and hazardous disruption in many parts of the country. This was the second such weather event in a week, following from last week’s Storm Ciara which affected large swathes of the country.


Councillor Andrew Morgan (Rhondda Cynon Taf), WLGA Leader said:

“Council workers, along with Fire and Rescue, NRW and emergency services colleagues, have been working around the clock over the weekend to deal with the extraordinary weather conditions that we’ve seen right across the country. For the second time in as many weeks, council workers across Wales have shown an admirable commitment to public duty. 

“As well as cleaning culverts, clearing fallen trees, distributing sandbags and responding to emergencies, we have seen tireless crews go above and beyond to set up and tend to emergency rest centres, keep vital services open, and to make sure that we’re all safe. I would like to give my sincere thanks all of them for their work in responding to both storms, and for their continuing recovery work.

“We are still seeing the effects of the weather in many parts of Wales. Some roads remain closed, and driving conditions are still dangerous in some areas. Residents will be able to find out more about the situation in their local area by visiting their council’s website or social media.

“Although it is too early to be able to fully assess the damage caused, it is highly likely to be substantial. WLGA will work closely and rapidly with the Welsh Government to explore what help is available to councils to support recovery and reconstruction efforts.”




The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) represents the interests of local government and promotes local democracy in Wales.

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