Formal Incident Investigation
Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 places a duty upon the council as a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) to undertake investigations into flood events to the extent that it considers necessary. It is the Flood Defence & Coastal Protection (FD&CP) business unit that deliver this duty for the Authority.
When considering if it is necessary or appropriate to investigate a flood event within its area, the FD&CP business unit will review the severity of the incident along with the number of properties affected and the frequency of such an occurrence.
Current Welsh Government guidance is to undertake a formal S.19 investigation report when there have been 20 or more incidents of internal property flooding.
Kidwelly Flood Investigation Report
On the 4th and 20th October 2021 residents and business in Kidwelly were flooded in two separate, short, intense storms. Carmarthenshire County Council considers the incidents that occurred to be severe, and unfortunately, we can confirm that 41 residential properties and 7 business suffered internal flooding during these events.
An investigation has been undertaken by Carmarthenshire County Council as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) in response to the flooding that occurred on these dates. That report has investigated the flooding that occurred and its findings are published below. This report is a summary of the investigation and includes relevant information required to meet the statutory requirements placed on the Authority by Section 19 of The Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
The report has specifically evaluated the flooding in the following areas
- Clos Yr Heleg and Parc Pendre,
- Llys Gwenllian,
- Cae Ffynnon and Ferry Road,
- Ger Y Castell and Ger Y Gwendraeth and
- Kidwelly Industrial Estate.
The report has recommended 28 actions, to be delivered by Carmarthenshire County and its partner organisations, to better manage flood risk in the area. Some of these actions have already been completed and others are already being implemented. While the Authority has no powers to compel other Risk Management Authorities and partner organisations to deliver these actions, we will work with them to ensure that the flood risk in Kidwelly is better understood and managed by all in the future.
Kidwelly Flood Investigation Report (5MB, pdf)