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‘Mammoth task’: Storm clean-up kicks in as flood alerts continue

AFTER days of storms causing chaos across Wales, the clean-up is in full swing.

Storm Eunice hit the country on Friday leaving thousands of homes across the country without power, Storm Franklin then hit on Sunday.

Communities across Wales are left counting the cost as both homes and businesses have been flooded with some roads remaining underwater today (Tuesday, Feb 22).

14 flood alerts are currently in place around Wales from the Lower Dee Valley in North Wales to the Teifi and Towy in the West and the Usk in the East, with one flood warning remaining in place on the River Wye in Monmouth.

About 30,000 properties across south-west England and Wales lost electricity as some of the strongest winds in decades battered the UK on Friday closing schools and cancelling train services across Wales following 92mph (148km/h) gusts being recorded off the coast of Pembrokeshire.

Steve Cross, of Western Power, said engineers restored power as quickly as possible.

“I’ve been in this industry for 27 years and I haven’t seen a storm as sharp and intense as Storm Eunice,” he told Herald.Wales.

The high wind speed caused damage to properties as roofs were torn away and trees were toppled all over Wales.

Llandinam in Powys was left looking like a “disaster zone” after the River Severn burst its banks.

Heulwen Hulme, a Powys councillor, told BBC Radio Wales that contractors would be called in to aid the clean-up.

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Cllr. Hulme said that the council had sought funding from both the Welsh and UK governments, which she described as “vitally important to ensure we make these repairs as soon as possible”.

Cllr. Hulme went on to say that they did not yet know the full extent of the damage yet as some roads were still submerged.

“Some of our road infrastructure remains underwater still, so damage is going to be identified in the future days coming,” she said.

“Water has undercut banks in many areas… we will have to call in external contractors to help us get the roads and the bridges infrastructures back up and running and useable for our residents in the county.

“It’s a mammoth task.”