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Storm Callum: Trees blocking roads and flood warnings in place [UPDATED]



High tide: In Amorth (pic. New Inn, Amroth)

AN AMBER weather warning is still in place for Pembriokeshire, with minor incidents being dealt with by Pembrokeshire County Council this morning (Oct 12) following high winds and heavy rain overnight.

A flood alert for parts of the Pembrokeshire coast is in place, and fallen trees are blocking some roads.

Drivers have been told to take care on the roads, with the increased chance of blocked drains caused by leaves.

The Cleddau Bridge may be closed due to high winds at certain points in the day.

Trains from Carmarthen to Swansea are not running overnight.

Show Cancelled at Torch Theatre:

A Torch Theatre spokesperson has dai: “Due to the exceptionally high winds and adverse weather conditions we have currently closed the building and will not be screening The Seagull at 5:45pm today.”

Power Cuts Reported:

Pembrokeshire County Council has reported the following power cuts:

  • 49 properties without power on New Road, Hook. Western Power currently estimating to be resolved by 19.00.
  • 265 properties without power in Trefgarne Owen. Western Power currently estimating to be resolved by 16.30
  • 146 properties without power In Little Newcastle Area. Western Power currently estimating to be resolved by 15.30

Damaged Garage in Llanion:

Sean Lowe said on Facebook:  “This happened up Llanion suspect its the wind, make sure all your stuff is secure, don’t want anyone getting hurt. If this is your house, I knocked but no one answered, was checking you were OK.”

Charles Street, Milford Haven:

Police had stopped pedestrians and cars from going down Charles St in Milford Haven after the Spar junction due to structural damage on a building which is causing a hazard.

Cleddau Bridge:

Wind direction has currently changed, however it is still forecast to return to problematic direction, therefore it is expected that bridge may be closed to high sided vehicles for part of this afternoon, however it is unlikely to be closed to all traffic at present.

Cancelled Trains:

There will be no services operating between Swansea & Carmarthen between 7am and 11am, and also after 7pm on both today (Oct 12) & Saturday (Oct 13).

A very limited replacement bus service will operate. Where trains are running, they will run at reduced speed.

Flood Alerts:

A flood alert is in place by Natural Resources Wales for the Pembrokeshire coast between St Dogmaels, Cardigan and Amroth.

NRW said in the alert: “From Friday the 12th October, as tidal surge, winds and wave heights increase small amounts of wave overtopping can be expected at the most exposed locations. Be careful on beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths, roads, low lying land, close to the estuary during this period. We will update this message as the situation changes.”

Situation on the Roads & coast:

Rainfall yesterday caused surface water flooding, especially in locations where leaves were blocking drains. Pre-emptive work had been undertaken. All resources were out and committed to clearance work.

Signs have been erected in known hotspots. It is anticipated that today’s rain, coupled with high wind and falling leaves/trees, will increase localised surface water flooding and disruption countywide.

The council has issued a warning highlighting the risk of standing water, aquaplaning and hazardous driving conditions.

There have been no issues reported overnight and with this morning’s high tide around the coast there are trees blocking the road at the moment.

Trees blocking roads in south Pembrokeshire:

Tree blocking B4318 road at Gumfreston being cleared – Crews in attendance to clear

Lower Lamphey Road – Tree down – Crews en route.

Tree at Bowett Wood, Pembroke to Hundleton road, has been cleared

Trees blocking roads in north Pembrokeshire:

Tree down across the road at Rosepool hill on the Broadhaven to Nolton road – Crews en route

Tree down at Llan y cefn on the Maenchlogog road  – Crews en route

Tree down across the road on the old whitesands road in St David’s Quickwell and Penarthir crossroads – just up from Dan Y Rhiw – crews en route

Large Branch obstructing road at Cilwendeg between Boncath and Abercych – Crews in attendance


Road Safety Wales has said: “Poor weather conditions forecast today so if you’re travelling:

• Keep your distance
• Reduce your speed
• Use dipped headlights
• Keep all windows demisted (using air conditioning may help)
• Be aware that motorcyclists and cyclists need to avoid wet drains and manholes”

Additional arrangements:

Arrangements have been made with Pembroke Barrage and Sluice gate at Carew Bridge to manage water levels.


Mount Estate: Man arrested after gas explosion threat



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.


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



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



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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