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Pembrokeshire: Latest weather situation report

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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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Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward

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FURTHER changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford today.

The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from 17 May to 3 May – including the resumption of indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the re-opening of community centres.

This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May.

From Saturday 24 April, the rule of 6 will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

The Welsh Government has also confirmed the relaxations that will take place on Monday 26 April. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people.

Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations.  The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other nations of the UK for both first and second doses.

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen;
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.

Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:

  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children;
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons);
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

The First Minister said:

“The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving. 

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.

“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.

“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”

Further possible easements are subject to the public health situation remaining favourable.

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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