CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council staff worked throughout the weekend alongside emergency services and partner agencies to respond to localised flooding due to heavy rain and high tides.
Crews were on standby in response to weather warnings and flood alerts issued before the weekend.
There were numerous incidents of highway flooding across the network along with some fallen trees.
A small landslide occurred on private land at Cynwyl Elfed, and the River Towy rose above the Carmarthen Quayside walls at high tides on Sunday evening and Monday morning.
Highways crews battled conditions to erect warning signs, disperse water where possible, distribute sandbags to properties deemed at high risk and to arrange standby pumps in the Johnstown area of Carmarthen downstream of the River Towy.
A number of road closures were put in place, including the old A48 road between Pont Abraham and Fforest, Gwendraeth Road Tumble, and the A40 trunk road at Manordeilo, but were re-opened by Monday morning.
The A484 at Cynwyl Elfed was re-opened Sunday evening following an emergency response to re-divert water following a landslide, which caused two properties in the area to be evacuated in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, said: “We had teams on standby to respond to the changing weather conditions, which worsened on Saturday evening resulting in surface water, river and coastal flooding in many areas. Crews worked throughout the weekend and thankfully only a small number of properties were affected.
“We continue to work closely with colleagues at Natural Resources Wales and the Met Office to monitor and respond to conditions, with a number of weather warnings still in force. Whilst we do not envisage the scale of flooding experienced last year, we are mindful that homeowners in some areas will be anxious. We would like to provide assurance that we are well prepared to respond and take any action necessary.”
Carmarthen escaped the worst of the flooding, as heavy rain blew in from the west later than expected, missing the high tide on the Towy.
Further west, the fury of the storm-lashed mountainous seas against the seafront at Pendine, with sea spray hammering into buildings fronting on to the beach.
In the south of the county, heavy rain fell on already saturated land.
Near Trimsaran, horses were stranded on a sliver of land in a marsh as the water rose around them. With the water waist-deep and rising rapidly. Herald reader Denise Phillips contacted us regarding the horses’ plight and said that the horses’ owner was not responding to calls to rescue the horses.
She told us that the RSPCA had not responded to pleas for help.
Thanks to a concerted effort by The Real Whispering Horse Sanctuary, the fourteen horses were moved to safety on higher ground as floodwaters slowly subsided.
Herald publisher ceases operations
HERALD NEWS UK LTD, the company which prints The Pembrokeshire Herald, The Carmarthenshire Herald and The Llanelli Herald has ceased operations.
Editor of Pembrokeshire Herald, Thomas Sinclair said: “After finalising today’s paper to go to print yesterday, a meeting was held last night. It was confirmed that the expected further investor funding would not be made available for the company.
“This meant that operations need be halted as the businesses was not able to pay its ongoing costs.
“At 10am today the 24 members of staff working at the newspaper have today been given notice of redundancy.
“We are absolutely devastated that after nearly 7 years and hundreds of editions of the paper we can no longer continued.”
“I would like to think that over those years, some of the stories we have written have made a difference to Pembrokeshire and beyond.”
Director of Herald News UK Limited, John Hammond said: “The company accountant could be appointing administrators as soon as next week.”
“The Owners of The Pembrokeshire Herald came to the conclusion last night during a finance meeting that the venture is no longer financially viable.
“Whilst every conceivable effort has been made to improve the financial situation of the business, we have to face the fact that there is no way that we can now continue in a solvent position.
“Whilst there has been a slow decline in readership of local newspapers, our costs for wages, printing and transport have substantially increased.”
“We would like to thank all of our loyal readers and staff.”
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Volunteers needed in Carmarthenshire for Christmas food collection.
LEADING charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare are appealing to people in Carmarthenshire to volunteer to help in the UK’s biggest food collection for people in need.
From Thursday, November 21 until Saturday, November 23 the two charities will be collecting food in Tesco stores across the UK and Northern Ireland during the annual Tesco Food Collection. They are looking for local volunteers to encourage shoppers to donate, so that as much food as possible can be collected.
During the collection customers are encouraged to donate long-life food to help food banks and community groups support people in need at Christmas. Tesco will top up customer donations by 20% to further support the two charities in their work.
Last year, 3.5 million meals were collected as part of the Tesco Food Collection, and since its launch in 2012, more than 50 million meals have been donated to the two charities by generous Tesco customers.
To make this year’s collection a success volunteers are needed to hand out shopping lists to customers, so they can see the food items most needed by food banks and community groups in their area, and to encourage people to donate.
Emma Revie, chief executive at The Trussell Trust said: “No one should need a food bank at any time of year – but we know during the lead-up to Christmas our network of food banks see even more people needing help.
“Food banks will be doing all they can to provide vital emergency support so people don’t face hunger this Christmas. But to make sure there are enough donations, we need your support. Having your support in this year’s Tesco Food Collection will make a real difference – the more people who volunteer, the more food will be collected from generous shoppers, and the better prepared food banks will be to help local people.”
Farihah Choudhury volunteered at the last Tesco Food Collection, collecting donations for local groups supported by FareShare.
“I loved volunteering last year – it was great to speak with shoppers donating food. The kindness I saw was wonderful and gave me a lot of hope,” she said.
“I believe everyone should have access to good, healthy food and I’d encourage anyone who can to give some time to help stop people going hungry this Christmas.”
People interested in volunteering can find out more and sign up at www.fareshare/tescofoodcollection
UK’s top skaters and riders drop in on Llanelli youngsters to celebrate a special birthday
THE WORLD’S and the UK’s finest skateboarders, BMX and Wheelchair Motocross stars will drop in on young people at a Carmarthenshire Ramps skatepark on Saturday 19 October 2019 from 11 am till 2 pm. The event was arranged to celebrate the £3 billion National Lottery players have raised for projects which have specifically helped children and young people develop and thrive in the UK over the last 25 years. £2 million of National Lottery funding has specifically been awarded to support and develop over 47 BMX projects in local communities for young people in Wales to enjoy.
At 15 years old, Lily Rice from Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, is a World Champion wheelchair motocross (WCMX) star. She was propelled to fame two years ago when she became the first female in Europe to achieve a wheelchair backflip, and only the second girl in the world to pull off the stunt. Since then, Lily has emerged as one of the global leaders of WCMX – wheelchair motocross.
The National Lottery has inspired millions of people to get active in their local community, as well as supporting individuals and teams from grassroots to elite.
James Jones is a 25-year-old professional BMX rider from Swansea. James, who also celebrated his 25th Birthday this year, is one of six world-class athletes who make up the Freestyle BMX Team GB for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. James honed his skills and practised his tricks at the Ramps skate park in Llanelli when he was growing up and highlights the importance of young people having access to facilities like this on their doorstep.
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