FLOOD-HIT FIRMS ‘COULD CLAIM £5K’

Carmarthen Journal - - Front Page - RICHARD YOULE 01792 545553 richard.youle@me­di­awales.co.uk

BUSI­NESSES af­fected by flood­ing in Car­marthen­shire this month could be able to claim up to £4,999 from the county coun­cil.

De­tails of the busi­ness flood re­lief fund, es­tab­lished in the wake of Storm Cal­lum, were be­ing dis­cussed and fi­nalised at a meet­ing yes­ter­day.

The £200,000 pot of money is com­ing from the coun­cil’s cap­i­tal bud­get and is aimed at the 120odd busi­nesses which were af­fected by the ter­ri­ble con­di­tions on Oc­to­ber 12 and 13.

Pro­posed el­i­gi­ble costs in­clude clean-up bills and re­pairs to build­ings, but do not in­clude those cov­ered by in­sur­ance claims and loss of earn­ings and rent.

If ap­proved, in­di­vid­ual grant awards would be 50% of project costs up to £9,999, mean­ing the max­i­mum grant would be £4,999.

Speak­ing last week, Mr Dole said the A484 at Cwm­d­uad – the scene of a land­slide which claimed the life of 21-year-old Corey Sharpling, of New­cas­tle Em­lyn – would be closed “for some time”.

The Plaid Cymru leader said he had vis­ited some of the worst af­fected ar­eas, and that the storm’s cost to busi­nesses was es­ti­mated at £3 mil­lion to £4 mil­lion not in­clud­ing loss of earn­ings.

Spe­cial­ist teams had been drafted in, in­clud­ing divers, to as­sess dam­age to in­fra­struc­ture.

The storm dumped up to 20cm of rain in some places, with Car­marthen­shire and neigh­bour­ing Ceredi­gion bear­ing the brunt.

The re­pair bill for roads in Car­marthen­shire has been es­ti­mated at £3 mil­lion.

Around 160 house­hold- ers ex­pe­ri­enced flood­ing, and the coun­cil has re­homed seven fam­i­lies.

One cou­ple from John­stown, near Car­marthen, were in Tener­ife when Storm Cal­lum struck.

Darrell Nether­cott, and his part­ner Cath An­n­ear re­turned to find around £5,000 of dam­age to their house, but said it would have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for their neigh­bours, who put sand bags by the door and ti­died up in­side.

The coun­cil has also set up a £100,000 fund for af­fected house­hold­ers and a fur­ni­ture ap­peal in con­junc­tion with John­stown­based Xcel Fur­ni­ture.

Mr Nether­cott said: “Kids toys were float­ing around and it was a right mess in here.

“There was eight inches of wa­ter in our liv­ing room but I con­sider us lucky com­pared to oth­ers.

“Our neigh­bours have been so help­ful, and there are a few that we hardly see or talk to, and we are so grate­ful.”

Pic­ture: Adrian White

Fi­nan­cial help could be avail­able for Car­marthen­shire busi­nesses af­fected by Storm Cal­lum.

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