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Weather warning upgraded to ‘Amber’ for most of Pembrokeshire

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PEMBROKESHIRE will face severe weather as Storm Callum passes to the northwest of the UK the MET Office has said. The bad weather is expected to last until 6pm on Saturday (Oct 13).

Most of the county has now been upgraded from a yellow to an amber warning for rainfall.

The Met Office warning states: “As Storm Callum passes to the northwest of the UK, a period of heavy rain will affect South Wales during Friday, with further spells of persistent and heavy rain at times during Saturday.
“Rainfall totals will reach 40-80 mm widely with 120-160 mm likely over the high ground exposed to the south and south west.
“The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, which when combined with high tides may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves. In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding.”
Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders, said: “Strong winds at this time of year can increase the rate of leaf fall which can potentially block drains or culverts and, with the heavy rainfall expected over Friday and Saturday, could well heighten the potential for flooding.
“There is also a risk that the high winds associated with Storm Callum, combined with high tides, may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves.”

The Council is warning motorists to take extra care on Pembrokeshire’s roads on Friday and Saturday.

A combination of winds up to 60 mph and heavy rainfall are set to make driving conditions hazardous – including along the coast at times of high tides. The Met office has issued an Amber Warning for heavy rain and a Yellow Warning for strong winds.

At this time of year the wind is also likely to cause more leaves to fall on the roads, which can block drains and increase localised surface flooding.

Richard Brown, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Head of Environmental Services and Public Protection, said that although Council staff would be working continuously to clear the roads, motorists would need to be vigilant.

“Despite clearance efforts by the Council, the high winds will increase the amount of falling leaves and block drains very quickly, exacerbating flooding” he warned.

He also urged extra care along the Pembrokeshire coastline.

“Natural Resources Wales has issued flood alerts for the Pembrokeshire coast due to a low pressure system bringing tidal surges, strong winds and large waves on top of high astronomical tide period” he continued.

“The public are asked to be careful on all roads due to surface water flooding and in coastal areas, especially at high tide. Road users should also be aware of the risk of their vehicles aquaplaning on standing water.”

Pembrokeshire County Council is working with multi-agency partners to monitor the situation. Any developments will be posted at:  www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/alerts

For more information on flooding, including how to sign up for flood alerts, view www.naturalresources.wales/flooding

For the latest weather information go to: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings

Between 06:00 Fri 12th and 18:00 Sat 13th
Storm Callum bringing periods of heavy rain during Friday and continuing into Saturday – particularly over south facing hills.

What to expect
Spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely
Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life
Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
A good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads
Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely

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Mount Estate: Man arrested after gas explosion threat

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Armed police: In the Mount Estate (pic. Herald)

ARMED POLICE have arrested a man on the Mount Estate in Milford Haven this afternoon (Oct 16) after responding to reports of a man who is threatening to set a fire using the gas supply in his flat.

The windows of the first floor flat, in Birch Mead, were smashed and a man was shouting to officers below threatening to cause an explosion.

Threatening: To cause an explosion (pic. Herald)

A Herald reporter at the scene had counted at least a dozen Dyfed-Powys Police vehicles, including vans and undercover cars.

Nearby residents have been evacuated and a cordon has been set up.

Emergency services: Gathered by the flat (pic. Herald)

Police asked residents and a Herald reporter at the scene to move back further after the arrival of the armed officers.

Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue, as well as specialists from the gas board, are also at the scene.

Watching: Locals were evacuated (pic. Herald)

A large crowd has gathered by the cordon.

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Armed officers: Locals were asked to move back upon their arrival (pic. Herald)

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Work goes on for NRW in aftermath of storm

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AFTER a weekend of heavy rain and floods which hit South West Wales particularly hard, the clear up has begun.

For Natural Resources Wales officers this means inspecting flood defences and other assets to assess and repair any damage caused by the high river levels and volumes of water.

Jeremy Parr, NRW Head of Flood and Incident Risk Management said:

“Our sympathies go out to anybody impacted by these floods and Storm Callum, it is an unwelcome reminder of the damage that severe weather can do.

“While some communities were significantly affected, for many the flood defences did their job and reduced the worst of the impacts.

The weekend storm caused 80 properties to flood across south west Wales and led to major disruption of businesses and transport across the whole of the country.

The River Teifi at Llandysul reached its highest level since records began in 1971 and the Towey above Carmarthen was at its highest since 1987.

NRW officers were on duty around the clock ensuring defence structures were sound, operating flood gates, erecting temporary defences and clearing trash screens.

In Abergwili, in the Tywi Valley, the flood gates were closed and prevented flooding despite the water level rising to within 180mm of the top of the gate, just short of the evacuation trigger of 150mm.

More people than ever visited NRW’s website to check the latest flood warning information. Before and during Storm Callum NRW’s flood pages received more than half a million-page views, while warning and informing messages on social media reached over 110,000 people.

Jeremy added: “After any major flooding event there are lessons to be learned and Storm Callum is no exception, so we will review what took place and how we responded to identify where improvements can be made.

“As is usual after any flood event, we now have our people out and about checking our defences for any damage, and to ensure they can continue to help protect people and property.”

“We won’t just look at the flood defence network, but also at our incident response and our warning and informing before, during and after the incident.

“While there were significant impacts in some areas, the initial indications are that these elements worked well.

“We will be working with our partners in local government and the emergency services to ensure we continue where possible to reduce the impacts of incidents like this.”

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Police appeal following five burglaries

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for information that could help their investigation into five burglaries in the Solva and St Davids areas.

They are thought to have happened between 8pm and midnight on Sunday, September 30. Cash, jewellery and a mobile phone were stolen.

A witness has described seeing a man wearing tracksuit bottoms in the area at the time. He may have been a passenger in a small silver car.

A man (aged 32) and woman (aged 39) from Cardiff have been arrested on suspicion of burglary. The woman has been released under investigation while the man has been recalled to prison for a separate offence.

The investigation is ongoing, anyone who saw anything, or has any information is asked to contact Sgt. Huw Watson at Haverfordwest Police Station by calling 101.

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

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