CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s Executive Board has today agreed a further package worth £321,000 to support businesses affected by repeated flooding caused by extreme weather conditions.
Some £225,000 is being set aside from the council’s regeneration capital funds programme and £96,000 from the Carmarthenshire Rural Enterprise Fund to help businesses to recover and to help safeguard them from increasing occurrences of storm flooding.
The council will be looking to work with Natural Resources Wales, who are responsible for flood defences, to undertake pilot projects to improve infrastructure and bolster flood defences.
The council is also looking to purchase a stock of de-humidifiers to loan to businesses in the worse hit areas of the county for repeated flooding including Llangadog, Gwendraeth at Pontyates and Kidwelly, Carmarthen Quay, Abergwili, Nantgaredig, Llandovery and Pensarn.
A partnership pilot project is also being set up in Llangadog to address the flooding issues that affect both the highway, local businesses and residents.
Following the meeting Cllr Emlyn Dole said: “With today’s climate we are seeing more reoccurrences of flooding in our communities and the devastating impact it has on businesses. This extra funding we have agreed, will help better protect businesses which are vulnerable to flooding from it’s terrible effects.”