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Carmarthenshire is experiencing the 'worst flooding in over 30 years'

Carmarthenshire has been hit by the "worst floods in over 30 years" in the aftermath of Storm Callum.

There is widespread flooding across the county with Carmarthen, Newcastle Emlyn, Llanybydder, Llandeilo and Pont Tyweli/Llandysul some of the worst affected areas.

Video: Marc Tierney

Carmarthenshire County Council described the flooding as the worst experienced "in over 30 years". They say they're having to work "around the clock" to help homes and businesses impacted by flood waters.

Rivers in many parts of the county have burst their banks, unable to cope with the volume of water caused by heavy rain. For the first time in their history, the flood defences on the River Towy in Carmarthen were breached.

Rivers across the county burst their banks. Credit: Marc Tierney

Storm Callum has been battering Wales with heavy rain and strong winds since Friday (12 October). The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for parts of the country.

Many homes and businesses have been flooded across Carmarthenshire. Some residents have been evacuated and sandbags deployed.

Flood waters are now receding, but the council is urging people to remain cautious.

We have experienced unprecedented river levels and the worst flooding we have seen in Carmarthenshire for over 30 years.

We have worked closely with Natural Resources Wales, Dyfed Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service over the last two days to respond to the situation, however in many areas the volume of water was simply too much for the flood defences.

We are doing everything we can, but we hope that people will understand our resources are stretched so we ask for cooperation from residents and motorists as we deal with the remaining floods and aftermath in areas where the water has subsided.

– Stephen Pilliner, Carmarthenshire County Counil
Some areas of the county were evacuated as flood waters rose. Credit: Laura Jayne Worgan

Dyfed Powys Police have urged drivers to plan ahead if they plan to travel as a number of roads and bridges remain closed. Delays are likely as the clear up operation gets underway.

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