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Carmarthenshire hit with a months worth of rain in 24 hours

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CARMARTHENSHIRE has been hit with around a month’s worth of rain in a 24 hour period, causing flooding across the majority of the County.

Natural Resources Wales issued 25 flood alerts for Wales in the lead up to the weekend, urging residents likely to be affected to take immediate action.

Those said to be most at risk were Carmarthenshire and those near the River Usk.

It is estimated that around a month’s worth of rain fell in a 24 hour period.

Roads were under water and several businesses affected (Pic Ryan Milsom)

With rivers bursting at the seams, properties across the county saw the water levels increase and invade their homes.

Homes, pubs, businesses and roads were left underwater as the county battled with heavy rain and high tide levels.

Rivers burst their banks and affected nearby properties (Pic Ryan Milsom)

Amber warnings still in place for Carmarthenshire include:

  • River Teifi at Newcastle Emlyn
  • River Towy, isolated properties between Llandeilo and Abergwili
  • River Towy at Carmarthen Quay, Carmarthen
  • River Teifi at Llanybyther
  • River Tyweli at Station Road, Llandysul
  • River Teifi at Llandysul Bridge, Llandysul
  • River Towy at Old Llangunnor Road, Carmarthen

The leader of Plaid Cymru, has hit out at the government, stating not enough money has been invested to prevent flooding across Wales.

12 Amber warnings for flooding still in place (Pic Ryan Milsom)

Adam Price said: “On the evidence of the last few days, once again, the fact that the severity and the frequency of these flooding events should, I think, convince all of us that flooding needs to become a strategic national priority.

“And in particular, we are investing nowhere near what is necessary to provide the level of resilience that is required to our communities.

Many roads were under water and un-passable (Pic Llangunnor News)

“We need urgency in terms of getting from where we are now to providing the level of investment that for example the national Infrastructure Commission has recommended.”

Member of Senedd (MS) for Welsh Conservatives Janet Finch-Saunders echoed Mr Price’s sentiments. She said: “Once again Wales is being hit by flooding, with people’s homes and businesses being devastated, and yet very little has happened since the major floods last year to prevent or reduce their impact.

Roads and business across the county flooded after River Tyfi burst its bank (Pic Llangunnor News)

“The Welsh Government has had responsibility to protect communities from flooding for 20 years and yet year after year communities continue to be blighted.

“We need action not words to prevent flooding in the future.”

Havard Hughes, Conservative Candidate for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr commented: “It obvious to Carmarthenshire residents that the present flood schemes introduced in the 1980s are no longer fit for purpose.  We need to see urgent action from Natural Resources Wales ahead of next winter at the very latest. 

“Over the past few years Carmarthenshire has experienced serious flooding across the whole of the county from Llandysul to Ammanford and Newcastle Emlyn to Carmarthen.   With global warming these problems are expected to get worse.  We need action now from Cardiff’s Labour government not empty rhetoric. 

“Looking beyond the immediate future, Natural Resources Wales needs a fundamental overhaul and the introduction of a new agency dedicated to tackling flooding. There has to be a more holistic approach involving the whole river network to protect vulnerable communities from flooding.” 

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Calls for collaboration in effort to stop future Towy floods

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CARMARTHEN WESTE and South Pembrokeshire Senedd Candidate Cllr Samuel Kurtz has called for collaboration to address the continued flooding in Carmarthen. 

The Towy River has breached its banks a number of times in quick succession, causing misery for a number of businesses and residents. 
Senedd candidate Cllr Samuel Kurtz has written to the Welsh Government Rural Affairs Minister urging for a collaborative approach to deliver an action plan that will help protect against flooding.

Commenting, Sam Kurtz said: “The distressing scenes of the flooding of the Towy have become all too regular, causing anguish and pain for those affected. 

“I’ve called upon the Rural Affairs Minister to ensure that there is an agreed action plan, which is financed, to introduce proper mitigating features and flood defences. 

“This can only be achieved with everyone working together to an agreed end solution, from business owners and Carmarthenshire County Council to Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government. I’m willing to work with all to help bring an end to these floods.”

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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