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Leader's Blog - Skewen Floods, one month on

It’s been just over a month since the devastating floods at Skewen led to more than 80 people being evacuated from their homes.

As the Coal Authority’s investigative and remedial work in and around Goshen Park goes on, the council continues to lead recovery efforts, alongside partner agencies and community organisations.

As Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council I’d like once more to emphasise our commitment to all residents affected. Our teams were there on the ground from day one of the flooding and we continue to offer help and support in every way we can.

I just want to bring you up to speed as to what has been happening:

  • Within two days, we set up an Incident Support Centre at Abbey Primary School to provide a central point of help for the residents
  • We worked quickly with utility companies on site to allow residents to return home safely…
  • And, in early February, a new temporary road and pedestrian access at Goshen Park was constructed to give families access back to their homes
  • Our waste crews have worked hard to help residents dispose of items damaged during the floods
  • We have made sure that residents received the Flood Support Grant and have made over 115 payments so far
  • We are monitoring the embankment and trees located at the site to ensure the area is structurally stable and does not pose a danger to nearby properties
  • Our Environmental Health Team has visited residents to give people practical advice about cleaning up after this flood
  • There has been an incredible response from the local community with close to 500 offers of help and donations
  • And we have linked up with Citizens Advice to provide independent guidance and support to residents who are not insured or who may need help with their claims

The Coal Authority’s staff and contractors are working to finalise designs and options for the new mine water management system and the mine shaft remediation. The first ‘street level meetings’ with residents are under way to allow residents direct communication with Coal Authority staff.

As I said, the council will continue to support affected residents over the weeks and months ahead.

We will continue to publish updates on our website which includes useful links to organisations that can support people with mental health or wellbeing issues.

And finally, I would like to once again thank all the residents, community organisations and businesses who stepped up to offer their help and services at a time of need.