Around 70 sheep have been successfully rescued from a flooded field in Powys.
Following torrential rain – the sheep had become trapped in a field in Trefnanney, Meifod, by rising flood water on Sunday (29 September).
RSPCA inspector Phil Lewis – who is also the Water Rescue Coordinator for the animal welfare charity – attended the location following a call made to the RSPCA.
“They were standing on a small piece of dry land and it had stopped raining when I got there,” he said. “The water was expected to continue to rise so they needed to be moved as quickly as possible.
“There had apparently been only an hour warning for the flooding. Some sheep had been moved, but 70 of them needed some assistance.”
Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service were contacted for assistance with a crew arriving with a boat to aid the sheep rescue.
Phil added: “The fire service’s boat was available and through seven trips across the water, we were able to bring back 10 sheep to safety each time.
“All the sheep were fine, uninjured and returned to the owner, so it was a very good successful rescue. We’d very much like to thank the fire service for their excellent assistance along with some locals that assisted us in the rescue.”
RSPCA Cymru is now issuing another reminder to the importance of those with livestock in risk areas to sign up to receive flood warnings.
Phil added: “We urge all livestock owners living on or near rivers to register for flood warnings with Floodline or Natural Resources Wales.”
You can find our flood advice here: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/floods
If you find an animal in distress please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.