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Recovery and support for flood-hit areas has gone well

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THE MAJORITY of items and property damaged in the recent floods has now been cleared, and residents are beginning to re-build their homes and businesses, the local authority has said.

Carmarthenshire County Council has thanked residents and businesses for their feedback and gratitude following a full-scale recovery operation following the floods.

Teams of officers and crews have been supporting communities for the past two weeks, helping them to clear damaged property and access financial and practical assistance in the aftermath of the floods.

It is believed that the majority of damaged items from households has now been removed, so crews will no longer visit affected areas routinely other than for scheduled weekly bin collections.

However, anyone who needs assistance can still ask the council for any support they need, and can still book bulky waste collections through the council’s normal chargeable service.

It is thought around 160 homes and 70 businesses were affected by the worst floods to have hit Carmarthenshire for over 30 years.

The council’s Hwb Bach Y Wlad mobile customer service has been visiting villages with teams of officers from various departments offering support and advice to residents and businesses.

Council Leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole, and Chief executive Mark James, have also visited many of the communities to offer the council’s support personally.

Many people have told the council how grateful they have been for the support, which has included assistance to access a £100,000 hardship relief fund, a furniture and white goods appeal with Xcel Furniture, and clearance and disposal of damaged household items.

“During these visits we have seen first-hand just how much damage has been done, and how much these floods have affected many people’s lives,” said Cllr Dole.

“We are proud at how quickly our staff were able to support these people, and have been pleased to hear from so many people just how much they appreciate the efforts our teams have made.

“Although we are scaling back in terms of the clearance visits, as the majority of damaged items have now been removed, we know that there is much work still to be done and we are happy to continue our support for as long as is needed.”

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide

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PHASE two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following the recovery of a lorry from the river below.

Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landslide in October.

Phase one, which commenced before Christmas, created a safe zone for the recovery of a lorry that was swept in to the river during the storm.

That recovery took place earlier today (Monday, January 14, 2019).

Phase two, to permanently stabilise the embankment, involves complex drainage and geotechnical works.

The highway structure will then be assessed before any indication can be given as to when the road will re-open.

The council has thanked the community, and affected commuters, for their patience whilst site assessments and works have been underway.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are now making progress in what has been a highly complex operation and legal process between the council, partner agencies and the landowner.

“We fully appreciate the impact this has had on the community, and we wish to reiterate that we have worked without delay to undertake site investigations in the immediate aftermath of the landslide, along with clearance and construction works to make the area safe.

“We are working as quickly as we can to re-open the road as soon as possible, and would like to thank those affected most sincerely for their patience.”

Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen – Newcastle Emlyn.

Additional bus services remain in place:

  • A shuttle service currently runs from Cwmduad to Tycoch to catch the 460 service at 7.25am, 9.35am and 10.55am. Return journeys are at 2.25pm and 4.45pm.
  • The 460 service is currently operating on a diversion route
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Three seriously injured in A40 crash

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for information about a collision which resulted in serious injuries.

The collision which happened on Sunday afternoon (Jan 13) involved a silver Ford Fiesta and a Silver BMW 120 and at approximately 4pm on the A40 between Pont-y-fenny and Whitland roundabout.

The Silver Fiesta was travelling towards Whitland and the BMW was travelling towards Carmarthen.

A 67-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A 71-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were also taken to hospital suffering serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was driving along the road around the time or with dash cam footage, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, please text 07811311908. Please quote reference DP-20190113-199.

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