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Pembrokeshire: Latest weather situation report



HOW Imogen has disrupted Pembrokeshire

Fallen trees, traffic accidents, bridge closure, ferries cancelled and more as storm rips through county.

With residents from across the county being kept awake by the thunder, lightning and heavy rainfall, the torment had not stopped by day break.

Across Pembrokeshire trees have been reported to have fallen in these areas:

  • Tree down onto a vehicle on the A477 between Sageston and Milton.
  • Tree down blocking road on B4329 between Eglwyswrw and Crosswell.
  • Tree blocking road between Pentlepoir and Saundersfoot (Now Cleared)
  • Small tree down near Nolton Cross between Broad Haven and Simpson Cross.
  • Tree down on road to The Rhos from bottom of Arnolds Hill outside Haverfordwest.
  • Tree down on the Haverfordwest to Burton road between Troopers Inn and Freystrop.
  • Tree down at Upper Lamphey Road, Pembroke; on the Penally to Pembroke Road near Hodgeston.
  • Fallen tree at Broad Lane, Lawrenny.

Traffic is being diverted due to 95mph winds on the Cleddau Bridge and flooding in many coastal areas which has seen massively increased traffic flow through rarely used routes, causing many accidents.

Roofing has been heavily damaged and town streets and areas have been closed off sue to harsh winds:

  • Tesco, Pembroke Dock was closed while fire crews fought to keep roofing sheets from causing an accident. (Now reopened, threat still present but reduced)
  • Outhouse roof dislodged at Bryn –y-Derwyd, Trefin
  • Roof tiles loose at Ysgol y Frenni, Crymych
  • Chimney cowling dislodged at Coastlands School, St Ishmaels
  • Tiles dislodged from roofs at Strongbow Walk, Pembroke Dock
  • Facia boards dislodged at Tenby Learning Centre.
  • Tiles off roofs at Croft Avenue, Hakin, at College Park and Gothic Road in Neyland

Ysgol Bro Dewi has been closed for the whole of Monday with Nun Street, St Davids being closed all day until the wind subsides.

The A487 at Newgale towards Nolton Haven has now opened after heavy flooding on the coastal road, with crews working to clear the road of heavy pebble deposits and debris at Nolton Haven, where the road is being blocked.

Following this crews will relocate to Broad Haven and onto Little haven to being removing pebbles covering the road surfaces.

Other flooding has also taken place across the county which is expected to get worse as the day goes on:

  • Lower Town, Fishguard: has also seen flooding while conditions have eased, the combination of ground conditions, existing river levels and forecast rainfall quantities gives a high risk of flooding of low-lying land during the next 24 hours.
  • Ritec, Tenby: The combination of ground conditions, existing river levels on the river Ritec and forecast rainfall quantities gives a high risk of flooding of low-lying land. Due to restrictions at the tidal outfall, river level on the river Ritec in Tenby will raise and fall with the high and low tides respectively, levels will remain above the flood alert for the next few days.
  • Newgale – Kidwell risk: Spring tides are adding to the risk of flooding around the coast while high winds persist. Newgale is being monitored due to the high tide scheduled for 18:17 this evening, while low lying tidal areas stretching from Dale round to Kidwelly remain at risk from large waves and over-topping.

While the harsh weather continues the Fishguard to Ireland ferries are still on hold, whether they will be running as suggested tonight is yet to be confirmed.

The Ferry from Pembroke Dock to Ireland has been cancelled all day with the return trip being cancelled this morning but being planned to go ahead this afternoon.

Also reported across the county:

  • Temporary traffic lights blown over on B4327 Haverfordwest to Dale road at Dreenhill
  • Cable down on B4327 Haverfordwest to Dale road near Hasguard Cross
  • Trains delayed.

With weather set to get worse by 3pm today, Pembrokeshire could be in store for more devastation.

Keep an eye on The Pembrokeshire Herald Facebook page for the latest details.

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Milford Haven: Apocalyptic scenes as work truck catches fire in Meyler Crescent



A MILFORD HAVEN businessman says that he is “absolutely gutted”, after he lost his tipper truck in a dramatic fire overnight.

Callum Hicks, of Meyler Crescent, was woken just after 1am on Monday morning (Mar 1) to see his vehicle in flames, with fuel running down the street on fire.

The apocalyptic scenes brought neighbours out of their homes and the fire brigade was quickly called and put out the blaze.

At this time the police and fire brigade are not suspecting foul play, but in a telephone call to a Herald reporter Callum Hicks said that he thought it was impossible that the vehicle would just spontaneously combust.

Work van: Callum Hicks with his truck, which he says was his “pride and joy”

Explaining that he thought his truck had been set on fire deliberately, he said: “There was CCTV of the fire, but its a football pitch length away, with a white van parked blocking the view of the camera. There was not a clear uninterrupted view.”

“I parked the truck at 2pm on Sunday afternoon so it was 11 hours before the fire started. The vehicle was therefore cold, and locked up.”

Firefighters at the scene

The Herald has asked two mechanics, one of whom has worked on Transit vans for decades. The first said: “It is very unlikely that a vehicle like this would catch fire on it’s own – its impossible – I am 99.9% sure that this was arson.”

The second, a specialist in vehicle electronics said: “There are so many fuses and fail safes its highly unlikely for diesel vans to burst into flames like this without some kind of catalyst.”

Burned out shell: The vehicle after the fire

“There have been issues regarding Transits in the past, even a product recall involving a fire risk from a towing module. But, the chances are a million to one of it catching fire after being parked up for almost twelve hours. It just doesn’t happen.”

The Herald asked Callum Hicks if he could think of anyone who may want to torch his truck. He said that he could not think of anyone who would do such a thing.

Commenting on the police handling of the matter, he said: “They told my missus, Rhianna Pearce, that they were not taking matters further because it was just an accident – its not!”

“I have been in trouble with the police before, and they know I am a bit of a boy, but I think this is the reason that the police are not looking into this properly.

“At the end of the day this was a large fire in a residential area, lives could have been in danger. I have lost thousands because I was insured third-party only and I do not have cover for fire.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have been asked for a comment.

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



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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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea



A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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