Friction over Welsh flooding

The National Assembly for Wales is taking two councils and a construction company to the High Court for damages after having to pay out more than £357,123.11 to people whose homes were flooded when the Afon Bach river burst its banks in 1993. The flooding happened during work on a new bridge for the A470 over the Afon Bach and residential streets were flooded to a depth of 1m. The assembly claims that Conwy County Borough Council, Gwynedd Council and Tywyn Construction Company were in breach of contract and negligent in carrying out the work in December rather than between March and October. The assembly also claims that the councils and the construction company breached National Rivers Authority requirements and failed to provided a 24-hour contact point for the National Rivers Authority. It also claims that they are liable to indemnify it against the losses, claims and damages, but that they have refused to do so.