Proposed works to prevent future flooding in a Swansea Valley community could begin in May, if grant funding is successful, the county council has said.

Powys County Council has said the infrastructure around the bungalows in Cwmtwrch, Ystradgynlais, could be changed to alleviate future flooding.

Fay Jones visited residents of the village last week whose homes have been massively damaged by flooding, most recently in November last year.

The Brecon and Radnorshire MP visited bungalow residents, who have experienced increased amounts of flooding due to broken pipework and poor drainage systems.

Homes have experienced extensive damp issues and residents say they have been awaiting solutions from Powys County Council on how to tackle the ongoing problem.

Ms Jones said: “It is saddening to see people’s homes damaged to this extent.

“There has obviously been a lack of maintenance over an extended period of time under Powys County Councils care. Whenever it rains heavily here, these homes are flooded periodically.

“It is a tragedy and an unwelcome stress on these people.”

“I understand that Powys County Council has provided dehumidifiers to combat damp and welcome their decision to reimburse residents the additional electricity cost of running these devices.

“I’m calling on Powys County Council to urgently complete the repair work needed at Heol Gleien so that these households can return to their normal lives."

Powys County Council says that housing officers have been in "regular contact" with residents of Heol Gleien since the flooding in November 2022.

A spokesperson for the council said: "As well as helping with the initial clean-up and drying out process of the most severely affected bungalows in the aftermath of the flood, officers have offered ongoing support.

"A full survey of the area, including all drainage systems has taken place, and a design to alleviate future flooding has been drawn-up. An application for grant funding to cover the cost of the proposed works has been made to Welsh Government, we will be made aware of the outcome later in March.

"If successful we plan on starting on site in early May following the required tender process, which will include changing the infrastructure around the bungalows."

The council added that their highways team is "continuing to inspect, maintain and clean" the drains and culverts on the A4068 in Cwmtwrch.