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

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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

Transport:

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.

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Burton Ferry: Public advised to avoid oil on beach

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MEMBERS of the public have been asked to avoid a section of the beach at Burton Ferry following the discovery of oil on the shoreline.

Officers from the Public Protection team at Pembrokeshire County Council have put up warning signs advising people that part of the shore between the Jolly Sailor and the NATO jetty has been contaminated with oil. 

The County Council and other agencies are investigating the source of the oil. Work to clean up the beach will be starting soon to ensure there is minimum impact on the public and the environment.

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Stephen Crabb MP speaks out in 40 hour Brexit debate

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PRESELI MP Stephen Crabb has spoken out against a so-called ‘No Deal Brexit’ which would see Britain leave the EU next March without a transition period or an agreement in place for the rules that will apply to trade after next March.

He defended his support for Brexit and said that he had promised on the night of the Referendum in 2016 to implement the result and do it in a responsible way which protects the economy of Pembrokeshire.

Speaking on Wednesday night in the House of Commons, Mr Crabb drew attention to the risks facing local industries like oil refining and the ferry ports connecting to Ireland if Brexit is mishandled.

“How we leave the EU really does matter to the lives of people who work in these sectors,” he said.

He warned of “very serious and specific reasons” why a No Deal Brexit would be “very bad news indeed” for the Valero oil refinery in Pembroke. He described the closure of the Murco oil refinery in 2014 as a “horrible” time for the County and said that he could not vote for anything that would create new risks for Pembrokeshire’s last remaining refinery.

Mr Crabb said that no responsible Member of Parliament for Preseli Pembrokeshire could vote for No Deal and look their constituents in the eye again.

He closed his speech by saying that he would vote for this “imperfect” deal because a perfect Brexit does not exist and Britain needs a way forward from the current divisions and argument.

FOR MORE SEE THIS WEEK’S PAPER

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Welsh Assembly Government will probe Bay City Deal

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THE WELSH Government has announced an independent investigation into the Swansea Bay City Deal.
Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Ken Skates, issued a written statement this evening which said that the UK and Welsh Governments had agreed the project required ‘a rapid and independent review’.
While Mr Skates’ statement is upbeat about the progress made on elements of the Deal, saying ‘all partners are committed’ to its success, the review will cover due diligence and governance in respect all aspects of the deal.
The statement concludes the review will ‘ensure that governance and oversight at programme and project level are robust’. If the review identifies weaknesses, it will recommend measures to strengthen them.
The Cabinet Secretary’s statement follows suspensions of staff from Swansea University who were concerned in elements of the Deal’s delivery, particularly the £200m+ redevelopment of the bog at Delta Lakes into a Wellness Village and Life Sciences Centre.
The move follows a call for the WAO to examine the web of companies and the tendering process made by Carmarthenshire Labour Leader, Rob James.
Carmarthenshire blogger Jacqui Thompson has highlighted potentially serious issues affecting due diligence on the Delta Lakes project. Pat Dodd Racher of West Wales News Review has also probed the project and highlighted a series of overlaps between personnel in different parts of it.
If governance and failures are identified or due diligence is shown to have been less than optimal sub-par, Mark James CBE, the Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire County Council who also heads up the City Board could find himself considerably embarrassed.
The Wellness project has been the subject of a number of articles in The Herald which have examined the corporate backgrounds of the County Council’s development partners in the project.
Tomorrow’s Herald digs further into the tangled web of connection between key individuals concerned in the Deal and particularly at Delta Lakes.

Exclusive By Jon Coles, Senior Reporter

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