Hundreds in Llangennech can now sign up for flood warnings.
HUNDREDS more homes in Carmarthenshire are to get a free flood warning service to prepare them during heavy rain.
Almost 400 properties in Llangennech will be better prepared to deal with the effects of flooding thanks to the extension of a free warning service from Environment Agency Wales.
And the news comes after 12 months of improvement works have resulted in locals giving high praise to the organisation.
Ten properties in the area had individual flood gates installed last year, and from this week, people in 375 homes in the village which are at risk of flooding from the River Morlais can sign up to receive warning messages on their landline, mobile phone or by text or email.
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Councillor Gwyn Hopkins said: "I think it's a very good idea.
"We have been at least fortunate in Llangennech that the Environment Agency have really gone to town with the River Morlais.
"Very, very good progress has been made in the last 12 months or so, and anything which gives a warning to the people of the area that floods are possible is welcome, it's very welcome.
"To be fair to them, the work is absolutely first class."
He said the last big flood in the area was a couple of years ago, and added thatthe heavy rain in the past few months had not resulted in any flooding issues.
Jeremy Parr from Environment Agency Wales said: "We are continuously working to improve the service we are able to provide to our customers, particularly those in areas of high flood risk.
"The number of people receiving our warnings has doubled in just over two years, with more than 105,500 people now registered for the service.
"Getting a message in advance of a potential flood could give people the vital minutes they need to take steps to protect their properties and reduce the impact of a flood on their homes."
The agency is also encouraging people to think about how they would prepare if a flood alert or flood warning was issued for their area.
Those eligible can sign up to receive free flood warnings by phoning Floodline on 0845 988 1188, or online at www. environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.