Res­i­dents start to re­build lives

Carmarthen Journal - - News -

THE ma­jor­ity of items and prop­erty dam­aged in the re­cent floods has now been cleared, and res­i­dents are be­gin­ning to re-build their homes and busi­nesses.

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil has thanked res­i­dents and busi­nesses for their feed­back and grat­i­tude fol­low­ing a full-scale re­cov­ery op­er­a­tion fol­low­ing the floods.

Teams of of­fi­cers and crews have been sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties for the past two weeks, help­ing them to clear dam­aged prop­erty and ac­cess fi­nan­cial and prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance in the af­ter­math of the floods.

It is be­lieved that the ma­jor­ity of dam­aged items from house­holds has now been re­moved, so crews will no longer visit af­fected ar­eas rou­tinely other than for sched­uled weekly bin col­lec­tions.

How­ever, any­one who needs as­sis­tance can still ask the coun­cil for any sup­port they need, and can still book bulky waste col­lec­tions through the coun­cil’s nor­mal charge­able ser­vice. It is thought around 160 homes and 70 busi­nesses were af­fected by the worst floods to have hit Car­marthen­shire for over 30 years.

The coun­cil’s Hwb Bach Y Wlad mo­bile cus­tomer ser­vice has been vis­it­ing vil­lages with teams of of­fi­cers from var­i­ous de­part­ments of­fer­ing sup­port and ad­vice to res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

Coun­cil leader, coun­cil­lor Em­lyn Dole, and chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark James, have also vis­ited many of the com­mu­ni­ties to of­fer the coun­cil’s sup­port per­son­ally.

Many peo­ple have told the coun­cil how grate­ful they have been for the sup­port, which has in­cluded as­sis­tance to ac­cess a £100,000 hard­ship re­lief fund, a fur­ni­ture and white goods ap­peal with Xcel Fur­ni­ture, and clear­ance and dis­posal of dam­aged house­hold items.

“Dur­ing these visits we have seen first-hand just how much dam­age has been done, and how much these floods have af­fected many peo­ple’s lives,” said Mr Dole.

“We are proud at how quickly our staff were able to sup­port these peo­ple, and have been pleased to hear from so many peo­ple just how much they ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts our teams have made. Although we are scal­ing back in terms of the clear­ance visits, as the ma­jor­ity of dam­aged items have now been re­moved, we know that there is much work still to be done and we are happy to con­tinue our sup­port for as long as is needed.”

Storm Cal­lum bought tor­ren­tial rain and floods last month across West Wales.

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