THE MS for Aberconwy has called for an inquiry into flooding in Conwy as the impact of climate change is "plain".

Janet Finch-Saunders said the Welsh Government must launch an an independent inquiry into local flooding events

It follows severe flooding across North Wales during Storm Christoph, which has forced the closure of roads, damaged bridges and caused disruptions to public transport. A flood alert remains for parts of the Conwy Valley and Conwy County Borough Council has warned local residents to not make any unnecessary journeys amid stretched resources.

“Sadly, Christoph is yet another storm which has hit close to home for many of my constituents," said Mrs Finch-Saunders. "Whilst I welcome the fact that homes seem to have gone unscathed in Llanrwst, it is once again tragically sad to see the anxiety caused to many local residents. I remain on hand to assist wherever possible.

“I am also most sad to see that Gwydir Castle, the renowned attraction and garden of historical significance in the Conwy Valley, was once again hit by serious flooding after being badly affected by Storms Dennis and Ciara last year.

“For these reasons, I have renewed my calls for an independent inquiry into consistent local flooding events, which would help to ensure that there is a shift in the Welsh Government's approach, from reactive to preventative. I urge all local residents to sign my petition to force action on this important issue."

Mrs Finch-Saunders has been a vocal campaigner on flooding issues along the River Elwy and has called for a review of section 19 Flood and Water Management Act 2010 reports, which provide key recommendations for mitigating the future risks, to include statutory time limits imposed on their publication.

“These instances of flooding are happening far too often, making plain the true threat of climate change to the towns and villages of Conwy," Mrs Finch-Saunders added. "As scientific projections suggest that Wales can expect a greater frequency of extreme weather events, we must look to better safeguard our vulnerable residents.

“The time for action is now.”