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Within the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service area a total of nearly 31,000 properties are at risk from flooding. Of these nearly 24,000 are at risk from river flooding and over 7,000 at risk of tidal flooding.
By undertaking a few initial preparations you can significantly reduce the damage and upset caused by a flood – especially if you live in an area where there is a high risk of flooding, or if you have had a flood before, or if you are elderly, in poor health or disabled.
Councils, the emergency services and Natural Resources Wales will help where they can, but primarily you are responsible for protecting your own property.
If life is at risk, call 999. For all other flooding situations, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your home.
When flooding is widespread, it is not possible to respond to every call for assistance at once, and our priority will be to save lives.
In flooding situations, we have a duty where there is a risk to life or a risk of fire. There is often little we can do once any rescues have been carried out. When a building is flooded and floodwaters are still high outside, water will come straight back in if it is pumped out.
In flooding situations they are responsible for keeping the roads and road drainage clear. However, some roads may be the responsibility of the Highways Agency or private owners.
Responsible for looking after elderly, infirm and vulnerable people.
Helping to rehouse vulnerable people made homeless where there is no alternative solution; waste collection; and public health advice on drinking water and food safety.
Responsible for the removal and treatment of waste water (sewage). Unusually heavy rainfall, typically in the form of severe localised storms, can overwhelm drainage systems and cause flooding, particularly in low-lying areas. In these circumstances untreated sewage may spill out on to the streets and gardens. The water companies will assist where possible to reduce the amount of water escaping from the system and will tidy up areas where sewage has been deposited, once the flooding has subsided.