Agenda item

Agenda item


To consider a report by the Flood Risk Engineer, Wayne Hope, into the investigation of the Flooding on 20 January 2021 (copy attached).



The Lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment, Councillor Brian Jones, introduced the 20th January 2021 Flood Event – Section 19 Flood Investigation Report.


On the 20th of January 2021, extensive flooding occurred across Denbighshire as a result of Storm Christoph.  Council officers, as well as officers from Natural Resources Wales and Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, had carried out investigations into the flooding in accordance with Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act.  The investigation was to understand the reason why the flooding occurred, the likelihood of it happening again and to assess whether measures could be put in place to reduce flooding in future


The main sources of flooding during the January 2021 event were the River Clwyd River Ystrad and River Alyn. These were classified as main rivers and the responsibility for the detailed investigation of each flood location was with Natural Resources Wales. There were five separate locations affected by main river flooding. These ranged from large communities, such as Ruthin and Denbigh (Brookhouse), to individual isolated properties within the Llandyrnog, Llanrheadr and Llanarmon yn Iâl Communities.


There were also some localised surface water flooding experienced at Llanynys, Llanfair D.C, St.Asaph, Bodelwyddan and Dyserth Communities, and the latter Community also experienced flooding from the section of ordinary watercourse known as Afon Ffyddion . The responsibility for the investigation of the events was with Denbighshire County Council as the Lead Local Flood Authority.


The Investigation Report had previously been presented at Scrutiny Committee following which the recommendations were currently being worked through. 


Following the flood events, a Flood Task and Finish Group had been set up which encapsulated representation from Denbighshire County Council, Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Water, together with inclusion of representations from the Farmers Union.  The Task and Finish Group will submit a formal report to Full Council prior to April 2022.


The Head of Highways and Environmental Services, Tony Ward, informed members that the Risk and Asset Manager, Tim Towers, Flood Risk Engineer, Wayne Hope and the representative from Natural Resources Wales were in attendance to respond to any questions put forward by the members.


During discussions, the following points were raised:

·         Regarding the flooding at Mill Street and Clwyd Street, Ruthin, the bund level had been raised but local members enquired as to how to respond if flooding were likely to happen in the future.  Also whether the drains could be inspected as to whether they are clear on a more regular basis than currently eg: every three months.   Officers confirmed there was a comprehensive review currently taking place regarding highways drainage.  Due to the time of the review taking place, the focus would be on highway drainage hot spots.  Improvement works to the Cae Ddol embankment had taken place to raise certain areas of the embankment.  A Partnership Flood Group had been established and work was taking place with Ruthin Town Council to ensure the community were involved.

·         It was confirmed that NRW were undertaking modelling work to look into future flood events and the impact of climate change.

·         It was raised the fact that Llannerch Bridge had not been included within the flood investigation report.  It was clarified that the flood investigation had focussed on property and where there had been risk to life.  Officers also confirmed the investigation report was not required to cover infrastructure but plans were being taken forward to ascertain funding opportunities to replace the bridge.

·         The Capacity to respond to storms was confirmed as there were teams on standby together with contractors to assist.  Information regarding response to storms was available on the NRW website.

·         The area of Rhuddlan was at risk from a number of sources and some work had been undertaken in risk areas.  It was confirmed it was a challenge to manage river flows and fluvial flood waters but there were work plans in place with relevant teams to minimise the risk.

·         Plans were still ongoing regarding the Dyserth Flood Defence Scheme and the scheme was in the development phase.

·         Work was taking place to look into the advantage of tree planting in the future and both DCC and NRW were working closely together regarding this.


Councillor Brian Jones proposed approval of the investigation report, seconded by Councillor Christine Marston.


A vote took place and it was unanimously agreed to approve the investigation report.


The Chair thanked the representative from NRW and officers for the comprehensive report and for attending the Full Council meeting.



(i)            Members considered the flood investigation report and provided feedback and comments. 

(ii)          The Council seeks assurance from Natural Resources Wales that the recommendations identified in Natural Resources Wales’ flood investigation reports would be carried out.


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