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Staff thanked for ‘fantastic job’ during period of heavy flooding


STAFF at Carmarthenshire County Council have revealed that they have been extremely busy during the Christmas period after heavy rainfall impacted Llanelli with floods causing disruptions throughout the town.

During the week of New Year’s Day, Street Scene crews received 165 call-outs which included distressed reports of blocked gullies, flooding on properties and highways, and also requests for sandbags in hopes of blocking water in certain areas.

The extreme rainfall mixed with the saturated ground conditions and overflowing rivers resulted in a number of flooding incidents which took place on various roads as well as across homes in Llanelli.

The torrential rainfall caused many flooding problems locally, with areas such as Burry Port, Pontyates, Carway, Trimsaran, Kidwelly and the Llansteffan areas also reporting that the floods had hit them hard.  Highway crews continue to work today to in attempts to clear roads that have been blocked by floods, in hopes that the public will be able to transport as normal.

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “I would like to thank all the staff working over the holiday period in appalling weather conditions.

“We received a large number of calls, with staff going above and beyond the call of duty to try to keep disruption to a minimum and residents safe.

The Property Services teams were also kept busy over Christmas and the New Years, members of the Council told the Herald, with “a total of 240 emergency weather-related incidents at council housing properties and a further 280 attended by partner contractors for heating/alarm/lift problems.”  The teams also dealt with a further 22 non-housing emergency incidents.

Cllr Evans continued: “Our staff do a fantastic job and really are a credit to the council.”

Deputy Leader Cllr Pam Palmer has also thanked the crews working over the weekend, following weather-related incidents in her own ward of Abergwili. She said that residents were very pleased and reassured by the response they received.