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It was Carmarthenshire’s worst flooding for over thirty years

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council teams continue to work around the clock to support communities and businesses hit by the worst floods the county has experienced in over 30 years.

There is widespread flooding in many parts of the county, with Carmarthen, Newcastle Emlyn, Llanybydder, Llandeilo and Pont Tyweli/Llandysul amongst the worst affected as many rivers burst their banks.

Flood defences on the River Towy in Carmarthen breached for the first time in their history.

Homes and businesses have been flooded across the area. Some residents were evacuated and found alternative accommodation. Thousands of sandbags have been used.

Council gangs have worked around the clock to support emergency services, and will now focus efforts on clearing debris and re-opening roads on a prioritised basis and generally supporting communities.

Domiciliary care staff have continued their calls and have reached every service user with support from volunteers and emergency crews.

Tactical support has also been in place throughout to support operational response and communication.

Water is now receding, and the forecast is improving giving confidence that the worst is now over.

However the council is still urging people to reconsider their journeys and avoid driving in affected areas unless absolutely essential to support crews and emergency services to deal with the ongoing situation.

Stephen Pilliner, Head of Transport and Engineering, said: “We have experienced unprecedented river levels and the worst flooding we have seen in Carmarthenshire for over 30 years.

“We have worked closely with Natural Resources Wales, Dyfed Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service over the last two days to respond to the situation, however in many areas the volume of water was simply too much for the flood defences.

“We will continue to have additional resources deployed to support communities and clear debris from roads where the floods have now subsided.

“We are doing everything we can, but we hope that people will understand our resources are stretched so we ask for cooperation from residents and motorists as we deal with the remaining floods and aftermath in areas where the water has subsided.

“We ask that people in affected areas please check on neighbours and vulnerable people in their communities.”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Though the worst of the rain has passed, river levels in parts of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire are still exceptionally high and a number of roads and bridges remain closed.

“Officers continue to deal with a landslide on the A484 at Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire, where tragically a man has died. His next of kin has been informed and his family is being supported by specially trained officers. The road is closed and will be for some time.

“Our advice is to only travel if it is essential. If you need to make a journey, check for road closures beforehand. Observe closures and warning signs and never risk driving through flood water.

“More rain is expected but at much lower levels than we’ve seen over the past few days. River levels are expected to drop over the next 18 hours, when more will be known about the full effect of the storm.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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