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Fire and Rescue service urges drivers not to drive through flood water

MID and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service on Monday (August 17) attended flooding incidents in Ystradgynlais, Cwmtwrch, Abercrave, Cardigan and Narberth.

In Ystradgynlais, Amman Valley crews were involved in pumping water from properties and moving residents to higher ground; whilst in Abercrave, crews from Abercrave, Amman Valley, Pontardawe and Seven Sisters worked alongside the Police, Ambulance Service and members of the local community to ensure that everybody was kept safe.

Area Manager Craig Flannery, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said

“Due to the heavy rainfall and thunderstorms that are expected over the next few days, we urge all drivers to take extra care on the roads.

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.”

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