Fire crews called to flooding incidents – and warn of more to come as Storm Christoph continues

As Storm Christoph continues to wreak havoc across the region, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has issued warnings after attending a number of flooding incidents.

They’re also warning drivers to take care on the roads over the next 24 hours.

At 7:30 this morning crews from Machynlleth were called to assist a member of the public whose vehicle had become stuck in 3ft of water.

Later, at 08:40 crews were also called to a property in Derwen-Las to assist with external flooding that was at risk of entering a property.

Crews from Tenby, Llandovery, Llandelio and Whitland were also called out to separate incidents regarding vehicle recovery in flood water.

Group Manager Karen Jones, Head of Community Safety said, “Please do not drive through floodwater. By doing so, you are putting yourself and others at unnecessary risk.  It only takes one foot, or 30cm, of moving water to float your car and as little as an eggcup-full of water, going into your engine, is enough to wreck it.

Flood water can be deceptively powerful – it can literally rip up the road surface and dislodge manhole covers and kerbstones – and its depth and flow rate can quickly change with the weather.

So please, if you are driving and come across floodwater on the road, just turn around rather than put yourself and your vehicle at risk.”

Natural Resources Wales currently have 35 flood warnings in place across Wales.

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