CARMARTHENSHIRE has been hit with around a month’s worth of rain in a 24 hour period, causing flooding across the majority of the County.
Natural Resources Wales issued 25 flood alerts for Wales in the lead up to the weekend, urging residents likely to be affected to take immediate action.
Those said to be most at risk were Carmarthenshire and those near the River Usk.
It is estimated that around a month’s worth of rain fell in a 24 hour period.
With rivers bursting at the seams, properties across the county saw the water levels increase and invade their homes.
Homes, pubs, businesses and roads were left underwater as the county battled with heavy rain and high tide levels.
Amber warnings still in place for Carmarthenshire include:
- River Teifi at Newcastle Emlyn
- River Towy, isolated properties between Llandeilo and Abergwili
- River Towy at Carmarthen Quay, Carmarthen
- River Teifi at Llanybyther
- River Tyweli at Station Road, Llandysul
- River Teifi at Llandysul Bridge, Llandysul
- River Towy at Old Llangunnor Road, Carmarthen
The leader of Plaid Cymru, has hit out at the government, stating not enough money has been invested to prevent flooding across Wales.
Adam Price said: “On the evidence of the last few days, once again, the fact that the severity and the frequency of these flooding events should, I think, convince all of us that flooding needs to become a strategic national priority.
“And in particular, we are investing nowhere near what is necessary to provide the level of resilience that is required to our communities.
“We need urgency in terms of getting from where we are now to providing the level of investment that for example the national Infrastructure Commission has recommended.”
Member of Senedd (MS) for Welsh Conservatives Janet Finch-Saunders echoed Mr Price’s sentiments. She said: “Once again Wales is being hit by flooding, with people’s homes and businesses being devastated, and yet very little has happened since the major floods last year to prevent or reduce their impact.
“The Welsh Government has had responsibility to protect communities from flooding for 20 years and yet year after year communities continue to be blighted.
“We need action not words to prevent flooding in the future.”
Havard Hughes, Conservative Candidate for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr commented: “It obvious to Carmarthenshire residents that the present flood schemes introduced in the 1980s are no longer fit for purpose. We need to see urgent action from Natural Resources Wales ahead of next winter at the very latest.
“Over the past few years Carmarthenshire has experienced serious flooding across the whole of the county from Llandysul to Ammanford and Newcastle Emlyn to Carmarthen. With global warming these problems are expected to get worse. We need action now from Cardiff’s Labour government not empty rhetoric.
“Looking beyond the immediate future, Natural Resources Wales needs a fundamental overhaul and the introduction of a new agency dedicated to tackling flooding. There has to be a more holistic approach involving the whole river network to protect vulnerable communities from flooding.”