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Leaving Your Leaves Could Cause Flooding!

The autumn leaves are falling and the weather has now turned blustery, wet and cold – perfect conditions for flooding!

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Streetcare team collect a whopping 405 tonnes of leaves every week during operation leaf fall, which begins in September and lasts until December – at the end of the operation an estimated 6075 tonnes of leaves will be collected. These leaves are then recycled and composted.

Leaves and other debris can cause major problems as they are often the main culprits of flooding as many of them end up blocking drains and culverts.

Whilst Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is out and about colleting fallen leaves, it’s difficult for them to get to them all, so the Council is urging its residents to remove fallen leaves and debris from around private drains on or around their property, where possible, in a bid to prevent future flooding.

The Council is asking residents to contact the Council if they spot any obstructions or potential problems and are unable to safely remove them, themselves.

The Council’s dedicated teams are out and about in all weather tackling any adverse weather conditions that may occur. The Streetcare team are carrying out daily leaf fall sweeps in known areas and town centres to remove debris and minimise the risk of flooding.

In addition to daily leaf sweeps the Council, launches “Culvert Watch” during the autumn and winter months, which sees the teams inspect 960 culverts and clean and jet over 90,000 gullies in a bid to minimise flooding as much as possible.

Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “Over the autumn months it is important that we keep an eye on leaf fall and deal with them before they become an issue – this is why we carry out operation leaf fall annually.

“As the leaves begin to fall from trees at a rapid rate due to heavy rain and high winds, there is always a risk that blocked drains could cause some traffic disruption due to localised flooding.

“Our residents need to be assured that Council officers will be constantly monitoring the weather conditions and will be working with its Streetcare team to ensure that all situations will be addressed, with as little disruption as possible.

“Public safety will remain paramount and we ask the public to work with us and alert us of any incidents.

“It is often the case that small piles of leaves and debris can build up on a drain cover which can potentially cause a flooding issue, and simply clearing them can ease the wider risk of water build-up and flooding.

“If residents are able to do this safely themselves, then they are encouraged to do so, or make contact if they need assistance.

“In the event of poor driving conditions across the County Borough, motorists are being advised to take extra care on the roads and ensure they drive in accordance to the conditions.”

During office hours, the telephone number is 01443 425001 and the email address is customer.services@rctcbc.gov.uk The Council’s Out of Hours and Emergency telephone number is 01443 425011.