An extra £10m has been allocated to help protect communities in Wales at risk of flooding. The Welsh government has said it has put more than £160m into flood protection, reducing the risk for 7,000 properties. The additional £10m is part of a £76.5m capital investment programme outlined by Finance Minister Jane Hutt last week. Russel George AM, says it's not enough

The money will help fund flood and coastal risk management schemes, including:

  • £5m to help protect more than 215 homes and business in the Colwyn Bay community, and the A55 and North Wales mainline railway. The Welsh government says it will also boost tourism through improvements to the beach.
  • £2m to extend work on the proposed flood risk management scheme for Mold in Flintshire that will reduce the flooding risk for more than 90 properties.
  • £1m for another phase of work to reduce the risk of coastal erosion and flooding in Borth to protect more than 330 homes and businesses, the Cambrian coast railway and the Borth bog site,
  • £2m to support Natural Resources Wales' work improving flood and coastal defences including projects in Pendine, Llanfair Talhairn, Pontblyddyn, Ystrad Mynach, Severn Estuary, Ferryside, Bridgend and Talsarnau. The funding will also help with defence improvements to the Severn Estuary, Crindau in Newport and the River Rhymney in Cardiff.

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