There is no single body responsible for managing flood risk in Carmarthenshire.
Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 we became a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and are required to:
- prepare and maintain a strategy for local flood risk management in our area, co-ordinating views and activity with other local bodies and communities through public consultation and scrutiny, and delivery planning;
- maintain a register of assets – these are physical features that have a significant effect on flooding in our area;
- investigate significant local flooding incidents and publish the results of such investigations
- establish approval bodies for design, building and operation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS);
- issue consents for altering, removing or replacing certain structures or features on ordinary watercourses;
- play a lead role in emergency planning and recovery after a flood event.
In addition to these duties, we also undertake the following:
- Asset management and upgrade schemes
- Drainage investigations
- Enforcement of illegal structures in watercourses
- Coastal protection schemes
Welsh Government is the lead for flood and coastal erosion risk management and has published a National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management in Wales. These national policies form the basis of our work in partnership with Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
Natural Resources Wales (formally Environment Agency Wales)
NRW has a strategic overview of all sources of flooding and coastal erosion (as defined in the Flood and Water Management Act). It is also responsible for flood and coastal erosion risk management activities on main rivers and the coast, regulating reservoir safety, and working in partnership with the Met Office to provide flood forecasts and warnings. It must also look for opportunities to maintain and improve the environment for people and wildlife while carrying out all of its duties.