DRENCHED

Storm Callum trig­gers mas­sive dis­rup­tion as it sweeps across Wales

Wales On Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ABBIE WIGHTWICK, JOSHUA KNAPMAN, TYLER MEARS, CHRISTIE BAN­NON, KATIE BELLIS, DAVID OWENS AND KATIE SANDS Re­porters news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

PARTS of Wales were drenched by more than a month’s worth of tor­ren­tial rain within 48 hours as Storm Callum con­tin­ued to wreak havoc. Towns are un­der wa­ter and homes have been evac­u­ated as the na­tion has borne the brunt of the pow­er­ful storm which brought treach­er­ous con­di­tions to roads, rail and land.

The BBC was last night re­port­ing that a per­son had died af­ter a land­slip in Car­marthen­shire. It is be­lieved the in­ci­dent took place at Cwm­d­uad on the A484 be­tween Car­marthen and Cardi­gan. The road was closed af­ter the land­slip.

Ris­ing wa­ter lev­els in Car­marthen meant the River Towy breached flood de­fences yes­ter­day and res­i­dents and busi­nesses were on ma­jor alert with high tide due at 10pm.

Dyfed-Powys Po­lice tweeted: “The river Towy is in full flood. With road clo­sures on the A40 at Llan­deilo west­bound to­wards Car­marthen and at Rhos­maen to­ward Llan­dovery due to flood­ing our ad­vice is to stay in­doors and do not risk jour­neys this evening.”

The com­mu­nity of Aberg­wili – to the east of Car­marthen – was be­ing mon­i­tored the clos­est, said Car­marthen­shire coun­cil.

A spokes­woman for Car­marthen­shire coun­cil said: “We are urg­ing peo­ple to stay away from flooded ar­eas – please do not put your safety at risk. In ar­eas af­fected by floods we ad­vise you not to drive un­less ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial in or­der to help us and emer­gency ser­vices to deal with the sit­u­a­tion.

Those in Aber­du­lais in Neath Port Tal­bot were or­dered to evac­u­ate their homes due to ris­ing river lev­els and Crick­how­ell in Powys was de­scribed as an “is­land” af­ter the River Usk burst its banks.

In Aber­aeron, Ceredi­gion, sev­eral boats were lost in the har­bour af­ter a big­ger than usual morn­ing tide com­bined with the surg­ing River Aeron to cause hun­dreds of pounds’ worth of dam­age.

Boat owner and keen sailor, Shane Jones, 51, a di­rec­tor for a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany, said the amount of de­bris the river has thrown into the har­bour has had a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect.

He said: “So much de­bris came down the river to­day. We’ve had a very dry sum­mer so any rain wa­ter would be flushed off the banks and come down in one big flush to­day. We’ve had trees, big bales of hay, which has then be­come trapped in the moor­ing ropes and chains of the boats, pulling down the back end of the boats and in­creas­ing the chances of pulling the boats un­der wa­ter.”

He added: “There’s noth­ing you can do. You can’t get in the har­bour as it’s too vi­o­lent... You just have to sit it out and when the wa­ter clears and the river drops peo­ple will have the chance of get­ting in there.

“It’s ter­ri­ble for those whose money is tied up in those boats. It’s such a shame emo­tion­ally and fi­nan­cially for every­one down here.”

Staff at the Cres­selly Arms pub in Pont-ar-Gothi, Car­marthen, were left with no choice but to close the pub yes­ter­day as wa­ter reached half­way up the win­dows.

An am­ber rain warn­ing for Wales, which was in place un­til 6pm last night, warned of dan­ger to life from fast-flow­ing, deep flood­wa­ter, power cuts, and pos­si­bly some com­mu­ni­ties be­ing cut off.

A sep­a­rate yel­low weather warn­ing lasted un­til 11.59pm last night, with the Met Of­fice warn­ing of fur­ther heavy and per­sis­tent rain­fall and fur­ther flood­ing pos­si­ble.

Libanus in Powys has had the most rain of any part of Wales in the past 48 hours, see­ing 200mm of rain – well above the Oc­to­ber av­er­age for the area, which is 146.5mm.

At Llyn-y-Fan in the Bre­con Bea­cons, 189.6mm of rain has fallen – also more than its av­er­age for the whole of Oc­to­ber.

Tre­de­gar has had the next high­est rain­fall in the past 48 hours, with 134.2mm of rain com­pared to an av­er­age 160mm for all of Oc­to­ber.

There were 27 flood warn­ings, which warn that flood­ing is ex­pected and urge im­me­di­ate ac­tion, in place last night and 45 flood alerts, which warn that flood­ing is pos­si­ble.

Peo­ple were ad­vised to take ex­tra care and al­low ex­tra time for jour­neys. Peo­ple were also urged to avoid walk­ing or driv­ing through any flood wa­ters, and are be­ing ad­vised to avoid fast flow­ing rivers and streams and take care in coastal ar­eas.

A Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales state­ment said: “Teams are mon­i­tor­ing rivers lev­els 24 hours a day and us­ing in­for­ma­tion from the Met Of­fice to fore­cast flood risk and will is­sue more Flood Warn­ings if nec­es­sary.”

Met Of­fice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Si­mon Par­tridge said: “Storm Callum is now way to the north of the UK but the rain does still keep com­ing over the next 12 hours or so.”

Parts of the south and east of Eng­land es­caped com­pletely with dry con­di­tions and tem­per­a­tures in the mid-20s, with Donna Nook in Lin­colnshire reach­ing 26.5°C.

Ris­ing wa­ter lev­els made for haz­ardous con­di­tions in Car­marthen

A num­ber of boats were lost in Aber­aeron har­bour dur­ing Storm Callum

SHANE JONES

har­bour dur­ing Storm Callum

The River Towy was out of con­trol in Car­marthen

PETER BOLTER

Flood­ing on the A4059 in Aber­dare

JACKIE CHARL­TON

Crick­how­ell, where the River Usk burst its banks

PETER BOLTER

River wa­ter on the rise in Aber­dare

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