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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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High value items stolen in Llangwm burglary

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a high value burglary at a home in The Kilns, Haverfordwest, and have released an electronic image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

The front door of a house was forced open and entry gained some time between 8am and 3.35pm on June 6.

Around £300 in cash, two iPads, two blue tooth speakers, an iPod, GoPro camera, a white gold wedding ring with diamonds worth around £800, a diamond and pearl necklace worth between £3,000 and £4,000, a fob watch, Zeiss First World War binoculars, and a Nintendo Switch were stolen.

Through enquiries, it has been established that two men were seen in the area at the time, who might have information that could help the investigation.

An electronic image of one of the men has been created.

They were described as two men in their mid-40s with blonde hair in a short back and sides style. They had gaunt faces with prominent cheek bones, and were slim and tanned.

The older looking of the two was wearing dark navy safety trainers, black cargo trousers and a long-sleeved dark shirt with a dark grey lightweight body warmer over the top.

The younger had similar clothing, and was carrying a Morrisons bag for life.

They were seen walking down the Sardis road; between the lane for Rosemarket and the Troopers Inn crossroads.

Officers are urging anyone who has been offered any of these items for sale, anyone who can help identify the men described, or anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in The Kilns on June 6 or the days prior, to call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Pembrokeshire Coast project in exciting UK partnership launch

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FIVE of the UK’s National Parks, including the Pembrokeshire Coast, are running major conservation projects as part of an exciting new partnership launched this week between the National Parks and Clif Bar.

These projects, under the new National Parks Protectors Fund, are funded by Clif Bar, which has a long history of supporting environmental schemes in the USA and Canada. However, this is the first time the company – which sells a range of energy bars for active lifestyles – has worked in the UK.

In the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park the pilot project – entitled ‘Paths, Pollinators and People’ which involves the creation of a new Pollinator Warden role, aims to enhance the biodiversity alongside a lengthy section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, from Newgale to Abereiddi.

This project is the first step towards a longer-term aim of maintaining the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in a way that improves biodiversity and wildlife interest for visitors, whilst at the same time ensuring its quality as a National Trail.

The Pembrokeshire Coast is the only Welsh National Park to have a Clif Bar supported project but all 15 UK Parks will benefit. Those not running a special project will receive a smaller grant to support their choice of conservation work during the year.

Tegryn Jones, Chief Executive of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, said: “The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of the world’s finest long-distance walking routes, attracting one million visitors every year. The support of Clif Bar will make a vital contribution to improving the biodiversity of such an iconic stretch of the Coast Path.”

Catherine Hawkins, Chair of National Parks Partnerships, said: “Clif Bar is really stepping up to help the UK National Parks to protect and conserve their precious landscapes. The National Parks work year-round on projects that protect and conserve important habitats and wildlife. But with so much work to do, we need the support of partners like Clif Bar to help protect these landscapes for now and the future.”

David Smith, Senior Marketing Manager at Clif Bar Europe, added: “Clif Bar is a purpose-led company committed to sustaining five bottom lines. These are our Five Aspirations – sustaining our business, brands, people, community and planet. Our partnership with the UK National Parks truly embodies these aspirations by supporting the communities we live in and the planet we share. We are confident that the projects supported through the UK National Parks Protectors Fund will help ensure that these outstanding landscapes we are so lucky to share with nature are available for generations to visit and enjoy.”

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Missing man’s anorak and walking stick found on coastal path

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Reginald Davies has been missing since June 14

AN ANORAK and a walking stick believed to belong to a missing man from Pembrokeshire have been found near a coastal path.

The search for a Reginald Davies has now entered its fifth day, after he was reported missing shortly after 9.30am on Friday morning (Jun 14).

Sniffer dogs and a police helicopter have been involved in the search, along with the coastguard, mountain rescue teams, and the RNLI.

The 70 year old Mr Davies went missing from his home in the village of Newport, and his family are now “increasingly concerned for his welfare.”

Police are continuing their search and are appealing to the public for help.

They describe Mr Davies as being around 5ft 6ins tall and of slight build. He has short black hair and wears glasses.

He is known to frequent the coastal path near his home and the Parrog area of Newport. Police have confirmed on Tuesday that a walking stick and an anorak – believed to belong to Mr Davies – have been found near the path.

He does not have access to a car so is believed to have left his home on foot.

Anyone who has seen Mr Davies or has any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101.

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