Plaid Cymru representatives in Arfon have been out supporting local residents affected by flooding caused by Storm Francis, with local Member of Parliament Hywel Williams visiting flood-hit homes and businesses in Abergwyngregyn and Bethesda.
Hywel Williams was joined in Bethesda by local Cllr Rheinallt Puw who has been helping residents with the clean-up after Afon Ogwen burst its banks and flooded nearby properties. Arfon Member of the Senedd Siân Gwenllian says she is in close contact with local Councillors and communities affected by the floods.
Siân Gwenllian MS said,
‘I was saddened to hear reports of flooding which struck parts of Bethesda and Abergwyngregyn overnight. As if things were not bad enough for families and local businesses, this will only add to the uncertainty felt by many.’
‘I know the impact of flooding is devastating and for those that live with this constant fear it’s really difficult to overstate the impact this has on their lives; forced out of their homes, possessions, some of sentimental value being thrown in a skip.’
‘But it does make it all the more important that there is such a strong and resilient community here in Arfon ready and willing to provide a helping hand when needed.’
‘My office will be keeping in touch with local councillors, communities, and local residents over the next few days.’
Hywel Williams MP said,
‘It was heartbreaking to see first-hand how residents’ homes and businesses had been devastated by the flood waters which rose so quickly there was little time to prepare or move out of its way.’
‘I’d like to pay tribute to the community response and the work of the emergency services and Council staff who were out in the early hours of the morning rescuing residents and shoring-up defences.’
‘This is the last thing residents need. It is imperative local people and businesses affected get the help they need to get back on their feet. Our office stands ready to provide support and advice should people require it.’