Flooding in Monmouthshire can be caused by:
- Prolonged heavy rainfall affecting river levels;
- High tides overtopping riverbanks and defences;
- Blocked culverts;
- Backing up of drains.
Whatever the cause, the impact on communities that are directly affected can be far reaching. Monmouthshire County Council is aware of the problems flooding can cause and tries to ensure that adequate arrangements are in place to receive flood warnings, to monitor local conditions and respond to requests for help from the community.
Natural Resources Wales issues flood warnings to properties at risk of flooding from the Rivers Usk, Wye and Monnow. Local Authorities, the Emergency Services, Utilities and local radio stations are also informed when flooding is expected.
Floods can kill – always try and remain safe. Don’t walk or drive through flood water. Even very shallow fast flowing water can knock you over and two feet of water will float your car.
Floodwater is often contaminated with chemicals and sewage so avoid contact as much as possible and seek medical advice if you have been in contact with flood water.
Never try to swim through flood water. Not only might the water be contaminated but you could get swept away or struck by a floating object in the water.
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Flood Warnings in force
How the council can help
What to do during a flood
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