Crews respond to localised flooding across Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council staff worked throughout the weekend alongside emergency services and partner agencies to respond to localised flooding due to heavy rain and high tides.
Crews were on standby in response to weather warnings and flood alerts issued before the weekend.
There were numerous incidents of highway flooding across the network along with some fallen trees.
A small landslide occurred on private land at Cynwyl Elfed, and the River Towy rose above the Carmarthen Quayside walls at high tides on Sunday evening and Monday morning.
Highways crews battled conditions to erect warning signs, disperse water where possible, distribute sandbags to properties deemed at high risk and to arrange stand-by pumps in the Johnstown area of Carmarthen downstream of the River Towy.
A number of road closures were put in place, including the old A48 road between Pont Abraham and Fforest, Gwendraeth Road Tumble, and the A40 trunk road at Manordeilo, but were re-opened by Monday morning.
The A484 at Cynwyl Elfed was re-opened Sunday evening following an emergency response to re-divert water following a landslide, which caused two properties in the area to be evacuated in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, said: “We had teams on standby to respond to the changing weather conditions, which worsened on Saturday evening resulting in surface water, river and coastal flooding in many areas. Crews worked throughout the weekend and thankfully only a small number of properties were affected.
“We continue to work closely with colleagues at Natural Resources Wales and the Met Office to monitor and respond to conditions, with a number of weather warnings still in force. Whilst we do not envisage the scale of flooding experienced last year, we are mindful that homeowners in some areas will be anxious. We would like to provide assurance that we are well prepared to respond and take any action necessary.
“Alerts and updates will be published on our website and social media feeds where needed. As always, we urge residents to drive with care and follow advice from the council, Natural Resources Wales and emergency services.”
Anyone in need of assistance due to flooding, or to report highway flooding or fallen trees, should call 01267 234567.
Further heavy rainfall is expected tonight (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) bringing a risk of river and localised flooding on roads. Please drive carefully. Where road closures are in place it is for everyone’s safety – never ignore them and don’t risk driving through flood water.
A Flood Alert has been issued by Natural Resources Wales for the Carmarthenshire coast between Pendine and Hendy. Be careful on beaches, promenades and coastal footpaths
Visit the Met Office website for updates.
If you are concerned about flooding call the Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or visit Natural Resources Wales for up-to-date information.
If anyone is in need of assistance please call our emergency number 0300 333 2222.