Power Outage

When the weather is nice it’s easy not to give a second thought to preparing for storms. But thinking ahead can give you peace of mind when weather turns threatening.

To get the latest information on power cuts local to you, and who to contact for further information go to:

  • Keep a torch handy.
  • Avoid using candles and paraffin heaters.
  • Keep a wind-up/battery/solar radio ready so you can listen to local radio updates.
  • Many modern telephones, especially digital or cordless ones don’t work in a power cut.
    Keep an ordinary analogue one handy.
  • Protect sensitive electrical equipment such as computers with a surge protector plug.
  • If you have a mains operated stair lift, check to see if there is a manual release handle that can be used to return the stair lift safely to ground level if it stops working.

Western Power Distribution have a Priority Services Register, so they are aware of residents needs and can advise them accordingly.

If anyone in your community is vulnerable register at

Don’t assume that the power company know you have no power. Please ring them as soon as possible. If they already know about the problem, they should be able to tell you when they expect your electricity to be restored. Please call 105.


Useful Emergency telephone numbers

Floodline0345 9881188
Natural Resources Wales Incident hotline0300 065 3000
Powys County Council (PCC) Out of Hours03450 544 847
Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service0370 6060699
Dyfed Powys Police101 - Non Emergency
999 - Emergency
Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust01792 562900
Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water0800 0520130
Western Power0800 6783105 or 105
British Gas0800 111999
British Telecom0800 800150

Photo: Tim Jones



Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s very hot there are health risks. The very young, and the elderly are particularly at risk. Very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

The Meterological Office has a warning system that issues alerts if a heatwave is likely. The following advice applies to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable and reducing health risks:

  • Take notice of alerts on the radio, TV and advice about keeping cool.
  • Visit or phone people who are less able to look after themselves, such as older neighbours, relatives and friends, and people with health conditions or mobility problems.
  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • If you go outside wear sunglasses, a hat and suitable light loose fitting clothing and apply suncream.

MET Office Seasonal advice: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice

NHS advice for heat exhaustion and heatstroke: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heat-exhaustion-heatstroke/

NHS advice on sunscreen and sun safety: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/

AGE UK – how to keep cool in a heatwave: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/mind-body/staying-cool-in-a-heatwave/

MET Office advice for sunburn: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/health-wellbeing/uv/sunburn

UV & Sun health: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/health-wellbeing/uv/uv-and-sun-health 

How UV can affect your eyes: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/health-wellbeing/uv/how-uv-can-affect-your-eyes


This checklist will help you to identify if a home may be at risk of overheating and how to reduce this risk.

While we all look forward to the hot weather, homes can sometimes overheat (become uncomfortably hot). Everyone’s health can be at risk during periods of hot weather but some people are particularly vulnerable to heat. A hot home can worsen existing health conditions and can be fatal.

Homes more likely to overheat

Homes that can sometimes overheat during warmer weather include:

  • flats on the top floor because heat rises
  • homes with opening windows on just one side of the property, as this means there is less ventilation through the home
  • homes with little shading from the sun either externally, for example no shutters or shades, or internally, for example no curtains or blinds
  • large east, west or south-facing windows which do not have shade from the sun (for example external shutters or internal curtain and blinds)
  • homes located in a densely built-up urban area with little green space nearby as these areas may experience even hotter temperatures
  • some highly insulated or energy-efficient homes may trap heat inside. Making homes energy efficient has lots of health and other benefits but care needs to be taken to avoid overheating in the summer
  • homes with low efficiency appliances that release excess heat, such as poorly insulated hot water systems
  • homes with restricted opening of windows, for example if there is a safety catch installed

Residents who may be at higher risk of ill health from overheating

There are lots of reasons why some people might be at higher risk of becoming unwell in hot weather, including:

  • older, especially aged 65 years and over (note change from previous guidance of aged 75 years and above)
  • children, especially aged 5 and under 5
  • people who live alone and/or are socially isolated
  • people with long-term health conditions (particularly heart and breathing problems)
  • people taking certain medications
  • people who need the assistance of others for their routine activities
  • people with difficulty adapting their behaviour in warmer weather (for example, due to dementia, mental health issues or alcohol/recreational drug use)
  • people who are at home during the hottest part of the day (for example, small children or home workers)

Things you can do to prepare your home for hot weather

We often get some warning when a period of hot weather is coming, and it is always helpful to plan for every summer period. There are things you can do to prepare for and reduce the risk of your home overheating during hot weather:

  1. Consider installing internal blinds or curtains, or external shutters, roller blinds or awnings are also very effective.
  2. If you have a ventilation system in your home, check this is switched on and operating in ‘summer mode’ if it has one.
  3. Check that fridges, freezers, and fans are working properly, for example by checking that your food is remaining cold or frozen.
  4. Check medicines can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging.
  5. If insulating or refurbishing your home, ask installers for advice about reducing overheating.
  6. Growing plants outside can provide shade, which may be particularly helpful in front of south-facing windows, while plants inside may help cool the air.

Things you can do in your home during hot weather

When the hot weather arrives there are several quick and easy steps that we can all take to reduce heat in the home:

  1. If possible, shade or cover windows.
  2. Open windows (when it is safe to do so) when the air feels cooler outside, for example at night, and try to get air flowing through the home.
  3. Use electric fans if the air temperature is below 35°C, but do not aim the fan directly at your body as this can lead to dehydration.
  4. Check that your heating is turned off.
  5. To reduce heat generated in the home, turn off lights and electrical equipment that are not in use and consider cooking at cooler times of the day.
  6. Move to a cooler part of the house, especially for sleeping if possible.
  7. It may be cooler outside in the shade or in a public building (such as places of worship, local libraries, or supermarkets) so consider a visit as a way of cooling down if you are able to safely travel there without putting yourself at more risk from the heat.

Top tips to keep your pets safe in hot weather

Like us, our pets are also vulnerable to heat-related problems and illnesses, the British Veterinary Association has some top tips on how to keep our pets safe in hot weather:

  • Make sure all pets always have access to fresh water to drink, adequate ventilation, and shade from direct sunlight
  • Don’t exercise dogs in the hottest parts of the day, especially older pets, flat-faced breeds or dogs with known heart or lung problems. Stick to early morning or late evening walks.
  • Do the five-second tarmac test before taking a dog out for a walk; if it feels too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
  • Freeze plastic bottles of water and place them in your rabbit’s enclosure to help them stay cool, alongside plenty of fresh water too. Lightly misting rabbits’ ears with cold water is also an effective way to help cool them if this doesn’t cause them stress. You can provide extra shade to guinea pigs and rabbits by covering the top of wire mesh runs with damp towels.
  • Some breeds of cats and dogs, particularly those with lighter-coloured or finer fur, may benefit from pet-safe sun cream, especially on the ear tips, which are prone to sunburn.
  • Spare a thought for wild animals. Keep out bowls of water for wildlife such as birds and hedgehogs.
  • Watch out for early signs of heatstroke, such as heavy panting, restlessness and lack of coordination.
  • Contact a vet immediately if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.

Photo: Tim Jones

Photo: Gail Jones

Mid & West Wales Fire Service:

Safe and Well Visits

A Safe and Well Visit includes all the contents of the home fire safety checks but will also include other safety messages that may be relevant to the people living in the property. The five main additional topics will cover

  • Smoking cessation
  • Home security
  • Falls prevention
  • Scamming awareness
  • Tackling loneliness and isolation

With the potential for further subjects to be added over time.

More advice

If you would like some more advice call us on 0800 169 1234 to talk about the possibility of a Safe and Well Visit by Fire and Rescue Service personnel.​​​ If you have a defective alarm which was installed by the Fire and Rescue Service, please contact 0800 169 1234 for a replacement or email  saw@mawwfire.gov.uk.

The provision of smoke alarms and other home safety items by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is supported by funding from Welsh Government.

Their website has lots of great information including protecting your home, cooking safely, candle safety, electrical safety, portable heaters, white goods, Carbon Monoxide safety, smoke alarms, chimneys and open fires and woodburning stoves.


Farm Fire Safety: https://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/eng/your-safety/farm-fire-safety/

Welsh Govt website, full of advice: https://www.gov.wales/fire-rescue


Photo: Gail Jones


The effects of wildfires are numerous and wide-ranging. They can have significant impacts on the economy, environment, heritage and social fabric of rural areas. Economic costs range from direct costs associated with emergency resources, to loss of income from the land following wildfire incidents and damage to property. For the firefighters, larger wildfires can be difficult to deal with due to terrain and accessibility. Sometimes, the extreme temperatures and longer travel distances carrying equipment make working conditions even harder. This can often mean that multiple crews are detained over several days meaning appliances must travel from further afield to attend other emergencies in the area affected.

Reducing arson

Arson Reduction is a problem-solving team within Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service ​​dedicated to reducing and eliminating deliberate fire-setting. The team consists of a seconded Police Officer, a Fire Officer and three specialist arson advisors who ensure that all incidents are investigated and analysed to make our communities safer. The team works closely with its partners to target problematic areas and to consistently develop ways of reducing arson and to identify who or what may be affected.

What we do
The Arson Reduction Team and Farm Liaison Officer work with land management teams / Commoners / Graziers to introduce a Wildfire Policy – controlled burning (between 1st October and 31st March) and introduce fire breaks. We coordinate with partners to carry out patrols and surveillance in hot spot areas using technology such as UAV’s and CCTV for the prevention and detection of crime.

What does fire setting look like within your community?

We have seen that arson not only destroys homes and lives, but it can devastate the environment. Reducing arson helps to protect the places we live, work, learn and spend our leisure time. We want to protect our communities from anti-social behaviour linked to fire setting, such as fly-tipping, dangerous or illegal waste burning and vandalism within schools and colleges In the last few years we have also seen an increase in the threat of arson arising from domestic abuse and violence in the home and through our collective aims, we will strive to both identify these events through wider awareness of each of the Joint Arson Group Partners to bring such perpetrators to justice while at the same time ensuring an effective response is in place to support victims of such a crime. We want to deliver a cultural shift across Wales so that communities view arson as socially unacceptable and are active in terms of community resilience.

Safety Advice to reduce the risk of Accidental Fires

  • Extinguish cigarettes and other smoking material properly - don’t let them start a grass fire!
  • Only use BBQs in suitable and safe areas – NEVER leave them unattended!
  • When you’re having a BBQ, keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies
  • Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire
  • Explain to children the dangers of playing with and lighting fires
  • Dispose of smoking materials such as cigarettes safely

To ensure that we can respond to your emergencies quickly we need you to protect your community from deliberate fires and report anti-social gatherings.  Starting a deliberate fire is a criminal offence and you could end up with a criminal record as a result of starting a deliberate fire.
You can help by calling the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you see anyone setting deliberate fires.​

Arson is a Crime.
If you have any information, please contact the Arson Reduction Team on 01792 705 130

If you witness someone deliberately starting a grass fire, call the Police on 999 or find evidence of deliberate grass fire setting call the Arson Reduction team on 0370 6060 699 or email arson.reduction@mawwfire.gov.uk

Winter Weather

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, ice, sleet and rain. One of the biggest concerns is the winter weather’s ability to knock out heat, power and communications services, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize a wide area.

In a winter weather scenario everyone should:

Check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they’re safe and well. Make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather.

  • Keep up to date with road and weather conditions and severe weather alerts.
  • Make sure that your community is ready for cold weather by informing them of how to stay safe this winter. www.nhs.uk has useful information on how to KEEP WARM AND KEEP WELL during cold spells.
  • Clear your car of any ice or snow, make sure your car is winter ready and you have a car emergency kit.
  • Wear suitable clothes and footwear.
  • Encourage people to get the flu jab.


  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas such as outbuildings, sheds etc.
  • Thermostatically-controlled heating systems should be left on permanently and set at a minimum temperature.
  • In the event of a building not being used over the winter months, water supplies should be turned off and pipes drained.
  • Repair any dripping taps.
  • If the heating system fails or makes a loud banging noise, this could indicate that a pipe is freezing. Turn off the system and call a plumber immediately.

Burst pipes

  • Turn off the water supply at the main stop valve.
  • Contact an approved plumbing and heating engineer.
  • If your pipes freeze, never use a naked flame to thaw them out.

Snow and Ice

The council should take reasonable care to ensure the safety of the public, employees and volunteers.

If a clearance plan is implemented, it should be maintained for the whole period of adverse weather and the plans on how the process will be managed should be communicated.

Where a council takes on responsibility for clearing snow or ice from paths, it should exercise reasonable care in doing so. Care should be taken in deciding where to move the snow - making sure entrances, side roads or drains are not blocked.

After the snow and ice has been cleared, do not use water as this may cause black ice. Use salt or grit to treat the areas.

Also if the building is to be used over winter, the council needs to ensure that people can enter and leave the building safely, which means that if not gritting paths or car parks, then the building should be closed.

The Snow Code

There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice from paths pavements or public spaces outside your home, shop or office.

Don’t be put off clearing snow & ice because you’re afraid someone will get injured. Regardless of what you do, pedestrians & drivers have a responsibility to be careful themselves.

Doing your part may help the local community and will be very helpful to the more vulnerable members of society.

Five tips for staying safe in snow: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/stay-safe-in-snow

Winter driving advice: https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/seasonal/winter

Slips & trips in icy conditions and winter weather: https://www.hse.gov.uk/logistics/slips-trips-bad-weather.htm


Llangattock Salt bins & Gritting

By canal bridge on Hillside Road

Lime Trees Avenue

On the hill up to the Ffawyddwg, after the canal bridge


Winter gritting
PCC routes available here: https://en.powys.gov.uk/gritting

Report a problem: https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/9901/Report-a-Problem-with-Salt-bins-Gritting-or-Footways


Snow shovels – Llangattock Community Council has a few snow shovels available for residents to borrow if required, please contact one of your local Councillors, details on this website or on the notice boards.


Natural Resources Wales (NRW):

Natural Resources Wales is the principal adviser to Welsh Government about issues relating to the environment and its natural resources; managing water and flood defences in Wales and responding as a Category 1 emergency responder to reported environmental incidents.




Long term flood risk map:


Sign up to receive flood warnings:


Preparing for a flood:


Checking river levels:


MET Office

The MET Office provides a national meteorological service for the UK, providing critical weather services and world-leading climate science, helping you make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.  The MET Office provides an email alert system for severe weather warnings, and all residents and business owners, regardless of whether their property is in the flood risk area should be encouraged to sign up: https://service.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKMETOFFICE/subscriber/new 

MET Office forecasts:



Advice on creating a flood plan:



NRW – report fallen trees or debris:

0300 065 3000 (24hrs)



Report a flood or blocked drains in Powys:


Crickhowell & Surrounding villages Flood Warden Scheme:



National Flood Forum:

UK Government flood recovery: flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/recovering-after-a-flood

Blue Pages: bluepages.org.uk/

How to clean your property safely:
assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachmentdata/file/348920/Flooding how to clean up your house safely.pdf

Flood Assist



Natural Resources Wales:

Know your flood risk guide for homeowners:

National Flood Forums “Who’s responsible for what”:


Photo: Tim Jones

Photo: Tim Jones

Flood warden scheme

Llangattock volunteers and Councillors are working to make our community safer in the event of flooding. Recent severe flood events, including Storm Dennis in February 2020, have demonstrated the need to be prepared for flooding and to be able to respond if the worst happens.

The Community Council have set up a working group to investigate the challenges faced by Llangattock residents during flooding, to identify the most vulnerable properties and provide information to owners so they can protect their homes.  Vulnerable people have already been given Powys County Council ‘flood packs’ with information about how to prepare and who to contact in an emergency.

Three members of Llangattock Community Council (LCC) have joined the Crickhowell and Villages Flood Warden Scheme, which was set up after Storm Dennis.  They have been joined by volunteers who will help to warn residents, provide information and move furniture out of harm’s way if necessary.  At other times, Flood Wardens will keep an eye out for potential hazards and contact the relevant authorities if drains or culverts become blocked by fallen trees or debris.

If anyone would like any more information about LCC’s Flood Working Group please email llangattockcc@gmail.com.


Resident & Business Information

If you are in danger or have another emergency: ring 999

When there is a high risk of flooding or a flooding incident is occurring you will be able to contact the flood wardens on numbers provided, or they will be in touch with you.

Or contact the flood warden scheme via the CRiC volunteer bureau which is 01873 812177 Also the crickresponse@gmail.com email address at any time.

We will also post updates about flooding and the risk of flooding on the Crickhowell and Villages Flood Response Facebook page.

You can also ask your flood warden if you would like to be sent regular updates on the up to date flood risk via Whats App, email or text.

Flood wardens are volunteers available to support you to:

  • prepare for flooding
  • respond to an imminent flood
  • act during a flood
  • recover from a flood

The aim of the flood warden scheme is to ensure all your household are safe and that any flood damage to your property is minimised.

What you need to do:

  • decide how you want to keep up to date with flood risk (we can update you if you ask us to)
  • have a plan for what you will do if there is a flood risk and/or actual flooding
  • have a plan for how you will move furniture or get sandbags if required (we may be able to assist if you are unable to sort this yourself)

Flood wardens CAN:

  • help you keep streams and culverts near your home clear if you are unable to do so (provided they are not running fast or deep)
  • contact you if there is a flood risk (you will need to tell us that you want us to)
  • keep in touch with you during a flood if you tell us you want us to
  • be contacted if you need more support during a flood
  • advise you where you can get sandbags
  • deliver sandbags too - but only if they are not busy elsewhere and if you are unable to collect them and the roads are clear
  • advise you about your flood planning
  • work with you to keep an eye on streams, culverts, drains etc that may cause flooding
  • support the local authority if they close roads
  • support the local authority if they open the Rest Centre at Crickhowell (High School) or Llangattock (St Catwg’s) church

 Flood wardens CAN’T:

  • Stop flooding
  • Rescue you if you are in danger (you should call 999)
  • Clear gulleys and streams whilst they are in full flow as this is
  • Go into flood water

Floodline:     0345 9881188

Natural Resources Wales Incident Hotline: 0300 065 3000


Slow the Flow and Natural Flood Management

Llangattock Community Council have been exploring the possibility of a Slow the Flow scheme on the Onneu Fach initially, but also could be considered for other local streams that feed into the Usk River. We have been working alongside Powys County Council and are awaiting news on funding for this work.

What is Slow the Flow?

Natural flood management aims to reduce the downstream maximum water height of a flood (the flood peak) or to delay the arrival of the flood peak downstream, increasing the time available to prepare for floods. The myriad Slow the Flow items work together, helping to reduce flow rate in the valley, under storm events. This is achieved by restricting the progress of water through a catchment in 3 ways:

  • Increasing soil infiltration and allowing water to soak away.
  • Storing water by using natural features such as ponds, ditches or low lying land or by creating new ponds and areas to store water.
  • Slowing water by increasing resistance to flow. For example, by planting trees on the floodplain or constructing “leaky dams” in channels.

What is a “leaky dam”?

Leaky dams form naturally when large sections of trees fall into and across the channel. These large pieces of wood start to gather smaller sticks and leaves which allows some water through, but holds back some of the water in the stream during high flows.

We can mimic nature by building leaky dams using locally sourced wood. The leaky dams can be pinned in place or dug into the bank to ensure they don't move around in high flows. Building a series of dams along a section of stream increases the effectiveness of the dams.

Woody debris helps to create pools and riffles, providing a variety of habitats for fish and aquatic insects and attracts mammals and birds. Importantly leaky dams can slow the movement of silt and sediment downstream. Silt can increase flood risk by reducing the amount of space for water in a channel.

A new type of river management: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21YAP8RF_sw&t=210s



Calderdale Slow the Flow Charity: https://slowtheflow.net/about-us-2/

Slow the Flow in the Calder Valley video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUsS-gQFTJc&t=64s

Pickering Slow the Flow scheme:


Susdrain: The community for sustainable drainage, more info and ideas: https://www.susdrain.org/delivering-suds/using-suds/suds-principles/suds-principals.html

Yorkshire Water: tips on water saving: https://www.yorkshirewater.com/your-water/save-water/

Lowland Natural Flood Management Measures – a practical guide for farmers

A detailed guide to different levels of NFM interventions, their costs and benefits:


Yorkshire Dales: Natural Flood Management Measures – a practical guide for farmers Similar to the above but with examples of Upland NFM:


West and North Northamptonshire Councils: Flood Toolkit

An impressive resource of information by a pioneering Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), including the ‘Flood Library’ of guidance documents.




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