6 November 1998

Patchy flood warning system worry for Wales

RICHARD Livsey, Lib-Dem MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, has asked for an urgent meeting with the Environment Agency to discuss what he calls the "worryingly patchy flood warning system" that preceded the recent widespread flooding in some areas of Wales.

The system seemed to be full of gaps with landowners and farmers who thought they were on the flood alert list at the Environment Agency not being informed of the flood warnings, he said. "There needs to be a thorough updating and review of the list to check for these gaps," said Mr Livsey.

"On farms, livestock was lost and lives put at risk in one or two cases because of no warnings being received, so some farmers reacted too late in moving stock. They were wading into the flood to rescue sheep up to their necks in water. Lives were put at real risk," he said. &#42