Floods force road clo­sures as down­pours soak Wales

Western Mail - - NEWS - CATHY OWEN & THOMAS DEACON news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

STRONG winds and heavy rain brought more mis­ery to parts of Wales just weeks af­ter Storm Cal­lum wreaked havoc.

Flood­ing has hit parts of Wales, caus­ing peo­ple to be evac­u­ated and roads to be closed.

A yel­low weather warn­ing for wind and rain yesterday was up­graded by the Met Of­fice, which warned to ex­pect: “Homes and busi­nesses are likely to be flooded, caus­ing dam­age to some build­ings, fast flow­ing or deep flood­wa­ter is likely, caus­ing dan­ger to life; de­lays and some can­cel­la­tions to train and bus ser­vices are likely, spray and flood­ing prob­a­bly lead­ing to dif­fi­cult driv­ing con­di­tions and some road clo­sures, a good chance some com­mu­ni­ties cut off by flooded roads and power cuts and loss of other ser­vices to some homes and busi­nesses likely.”

Last night Dyfed-Powys Po­lice re­ported a num­ber of road blocks and clo­sures be­cause of poor weather.

Co­r­a­cle Way in Car­marthen was closed be­cause of flood­ing, as was the B4310 be­tween A48 and Por­thyrhyd, near the Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, The Wat­ton in Bre­con near the petrol sta­tion, Heol Blaen­hir­waun in Drefach, Strum­ble Head in Pem­brokeshire, and the A487 through New­gale was closed due to flood­ing, with many more roads “pass­able with care”.

The force was also re­port­ing a num­ber of road clo­sures be­cause of fallen trees, in­clud­ing he B4301 Bron­wydd to Pon­tar­sais, the Tem­ple­ton to Love­ston road closed due to a fallen tree, the A4069 Llan­gadog to Black Moun­tain near the river cross­ing, A470 near Libanus and on the B4355 Dol­for to Felin­dre, al­though po­lice said they were con­fi­dent it would be re-opened quickly “due to a very help­ful lo­cal farmer”.

Strong winds also forced the par­tial clo­sure of the M48 Sev­ern Bridge, mean­ing all traf­fic head­ing east was di­verted to the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge.

Flood­ing also blocked the rail­way line be­tween Haver­ford­west and Mil­ford Haven yesterday, with ser­vices run­ning to and from th­ese sta­tions can­celled or de­layed.

Trans­port for Wales said road trans­port was op­er­at­ing be­tween the two sta­tions.

The Pem­brokeshire Roads Unit of Dyfed-Powys Po­lice last night urged mo­torists to take care, say­ing: “Please be aware of road con­di­tions when out and about tonight.

“Large amounts of flood­ing and stand­ing wa­ter on var­i­ous roads through­out the county al­ready.”

On Thurs­day night six cot­tages near the Haven­shead re­tail park in Mil­ford Haven were evac­u­ated due to flood­ing, as were four prop­er­ties at Lower Pri­ory on the out­skirts of the town.

The town’s li­brary on the re­tail park closed yesterday and other busi­nesses nearby were ad­vised of the risk of fur­ther flood­ing.

Pem­broke li­brary was also closed. Prop­erty own­ers in Haver­ford­west town cen­tre in­clud­ing busi­nesses were warned to pre­pare for pos­si­ble flood­ing last night.

A spokesman for Pem­brokeshire Coun­cil said yesterday: “Pre­dicted heavy rain­fall this af­ter­noon and evening is ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the level of the river Cled­dau run­ning through the town.

“Quay Street and the River­side in­clud­ing County Hall are ex­pected to be most at risk, along with Prospect Place and prop­er­ties in the vicin­ity of Cartlett Brook.”

At the time four flood warn­ings were in place in Pem­brokeshire, at Solva and nearby Mid­dle Mill, and for the Western Cled­dau at Mer­lin’s Bridge and River­side, Haver­ford­west.

Jonathan My­ers

> Swansea High Street

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