Throughout the Ogmore constituency, many homes have been hit by the horrendous storms and flash-flooding over the weekend. Properties in Maesteg and other parts of the Llynfi Valley, in the Garw and Ogmore valleys, as well as Heol Y Cyw and Llanharan and Pencoed have been damaged. The upset and distress – particularly for the elderly and infirm – has been terrible.

Our emergency services and front-line workers who have worked tirelessly throughout night and day deserve our praise; and local councillors have been there too, not least in liaising with local authorities and Social Services to make sure that the elderly and vulnerable are supported.

The response of local communities has been incredible too, with neighbours as well as families and friends rallying round to offer practical help. Out of the despair of this flooding, we have seen the big heart of our communities on show again.

This is unlikely to be the last we see of these storms, as these weather incidents are becoming more frequent. So please always take care and keep yourself safe, look out for your neighbours (especially if they are elderly or infirm, or may need help as a young family), and keep the numbers below handy for future emergencies.

Meanwhile, for those affected already, don’t hesitate to contact me if you think we can help. From previous experience we know that the problems associated with flooding don’t disappear when the flood water and mess has gone. There may be more problems with insurance, or putting your home back in order. We are here to help, or to signpost you to others who can help you.

Natural Resources Wales:  

Telephone Floodline: 0345 988 1188 (24 hour emergency service)

Website: http://naturalresources.wales/flooding/what-to-do-during-and-after-a-flood

Twitter: @NatResWales https://t.co/y03oqvdfne -(Floodlines across Wales)

Bridgend County Borough Council: Customer Care Street Scene (sandbags),

Telephone: 01656 642541 or

Email: transportation@bridgend.gov.uk

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council: (sandbags),

Telephone: 01443 494700   or

email: customer.services@rctcbc.gov.uk

Your local councillor who can be found via: