Updates from a dramatic day as flooding hits Pembrokeshire
Updated 7:05pm Friday 3rd January 2014 in News
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- The A487 at Newgale remains closed with diversions in place. The pebble sea defences have been smashed apart.
- Flood waters topped the banks of the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest.
- All Stena Line services between Fishguard and Rosslare were cancelled due to the poor conditions in the Irish Sea.
- Major flooding at the Commons, Pembroke.
- Flood waters hit Lower Town, Fishguard.
- Major damage to the sea front at Amroth.
It's been a dramatic day in Pembrokeshire with some of the worst flooding in living memory.
We are going to end the live blog for today there. Thank you for reading and taking part. We have had more than 20,000 views today on this blog alone.
Any major incidents over the weekend will be updated on the Western Telegraph website as normal.
Please stay safe out and about and pay attention to weather forecasts and emergency service warnings.
Warnings from Dyfed-Powys Police:
Dyfed-Powys Police is continuing to work closely with partner agencies monitoring the severe weather expected this evening and overnight.
The move follows the tidal surge and high winds experienced across the Force area during this morning, which affected a wide range of coastal locations in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
Additionally, in light of the Severe Flood warnings for Aberystwyth and Borth issued by Natural Resources Wales for this evening, plans and resources are in place and we are urging the public to keep an eye on weather forecasts and take appropriate steps and precautions to minimise the impact – and to keep themselves and others safe.
Chief Superintendent Claire Parmenter said: “Members of the community are urged to stay away from coastal areas and to avoid putting themselves in positions of risk. Where road closures are in place due to flooding please adhere to signage and do not travel on these affected roads.”
High tide for Aberystwyth will be at 21:20hrs.
It is anticipated our contact centre and control room may experience high levels of demand as the weather worsens. If your query is not an emergency and relates to the weather please check weather forecasts in the media, on the internet and social media – or if it's travel and traffic advice you're looking for go to the Traffic Wales website. But in an emergency call 999.
Further advice and updates available by following us on Twitter @DyfedPowys
Anna from Amroth sent this shot of the debris scattered along the sea front.
Update from Natural Resources Wales:
Natural Resources Wales is continuing to urge people near the Wales coast to remain prepared and keep themselves safe following extreme high tides which have caused flooding across many coastal communities this morning.
Although the tides peaked this morning across large areas of Wales, this evening’s tides remain very high and predictions show that in Cardigan Bay they may be higher than this morning’s levels.
This could lead to further overtopping of sea defences and flooding to roads and properties close to the seafront at Aberystwyth and Borth.
Severe Flood Warnings will be issued for both these areas very shortly.
Concerns also remain about the Usk estuary and the Crindau area of Newport in particular where a Severe Flood Warning will remain in place.
The tide is expected to peak in Aberystwyth at 9.20 this evening and at Newport at 8.40pm.
The remaining Severe Flood Warnings in North Wales will be removed shortly.
Elsewhere in Wales, further high tides are expected this evening. Although levels are not expected to be quite as high as this morning, people are urged to remain prepared and take action to protect their properties.
A spokesperson from Natural Resources Wales said:
“Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by flooding today, during one of the worst storms to affect the Welsh Coastline in many years.
“Although in many places the tide has now peaked, it’s important to stress that further high tides are expected, and flood water remains in many places. Conditions are still extremely dangerous.
“Those who have been affected by flooding, or are concerned about flooding in their area, can get advice and information by phoning Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or by visiting our website.”
During the day, officers from Natural Resources Wales have been out checking flood defences and repairing damage to some of them so they are robust as they can be ahead of tonight’s high tides.
Over the last 48 hours, Natural Resources Wales has issued flood warnings to more than 23,000 properties across Wales (14,800 in North Wales, 3,600 in the South West and 4,660 in the South East).
The forecast remains unsettled throughout the weekend, with further heavy rainfall expected for Sunday.
People are advised to remain alert and to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and news reports for details of any disruption in their area.
Flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes – www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/alerts
The A487 through Newgale will remain closed over the weekend due to the forecast of further storms to come.
A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council said: "Because of the threat of further storms arriving on Sunday, the section of the A487 at Newgale will remain closed. When the weather subsides, heavy plant will be required to clear the road of debris caused by the breaching of the pebble wall."
The spokesman added: "Pembrokeshire County Council has reminded people not to put their lives at risk by visiting stormy seafronts during the recent bad weather.
"Sightseers have been particularly noticeable in Amroth where the sea has been so strong that it breached the sea wall and washed away part of the road.
"Newgale has also proved a popular viewing spot."
The sad sight of the Duke of Edinburgh pub surrounded by flood water in Newgale. Picture by Simon Davies.
Those affected by the severe weather and resultant flooding can contact the Floodline 24/7 for advice on 0845 988 1188 #floodaware— @walesoffice 03 January 2014
Keep up to date with flood warnings in Wales and find out how to sign up for warnings at the @NatResWales website http://t.co/U8DoO5hePm— @walesoffice 03 January 2014
Thanks to everyone who has been sending in their photographs today, it really is appreciated. Please remember to be careful when you are out and about, particularly in extreme weather, and never put yourself in any unnecessary danger to get a photograph.
Members of the public going down to see the floods and damage at Newgale for themselves in this picture by Rich Barrett.
A wild night in #Pembrokeshire! Storm damage to #RSPB and #RNLI buildings at St Justinians @StDavidsRNLI http://t.co/plmUWYXeqw— @RSPBRamsey 03 January 2014
The storm has damaged the RNLI St Davids lifeboat station.
(2/2) In particular, we would advise against walking the Coast Path during such extreme conditions.— @PembsCoast 03 January 2014
(1/2) Due to the extreme weather conditions PCNPA is advising all recreational users to think twice before heading outdoors this weekend.— @PembsCoast 03 January 2014
Sad news that an 800 year-old rare Pembrokeshire tree has been felled by the strong winds: Click here
Major damage has been caused to the sea front at Amroth. Picture: Gareth Davies Photography.
More than 8,000 people have now read this live blog since it began this morning - making it the third most read story across the entire Newsquest network of websites.
Some more photographs from Haverfordwest taken at the height of the water level this morning.
RT @mawwfire: #mwwcontrol fishguard crews have attended 3 flooding incidents in fishguard this morning and assisted with 2 in cardigan #flo…— @ubmuiu 03 January 2014
Work begins to rebuild the pebble sea defences at Newgale. Picture by Josh Hoole.
Newgale resident John Hadley says: "I have been living in Newgale for over 20 years but have never seen it like this!"
Latest Pembrokeshire County Council update:
• Poppit Sands, Cardigan: Road damaged by flood water.
• Newport: three properties flooded on The Parrog.
• Lower Town,Fishguard: A487 has reopened.
• Newgale: JCB currently on site attending to Pebble defence wall.
• Broad Haven: seafront road was flooded this morning.
• Pembroke: Commons Road has reopened and is currently being cleaned by Council. One business property flooded in Waterman’s Lane.
• Angle: minor flooding at school.
• Freshwater West and Wiseman’s Bridge: crews cleaning out. Also boulders on the road.
• Amroth: road at Amroth along sea front has been partially washed away and will be closed for foreseeable future. Part of the defence wall has been breached. This also resulted in water mains damage and customers are without water in area. Welsh Water are aware and in attendance.
• Blocked drains reported around Pembrokeshire causing surface water flooding on roads.
• The very strong south-westerly winds are expected to continue through today with gusts between 40 and 50 mph likely in many areas, nearer 60 to 70 mph in western areas of Wales and possibly 70 to 80 mph around the coasts of Caernarfon Bay, Cardigan Bay, and Carmarthen Bay for a time this afternoon.
• In addition to the tidal issues there’s also scope for damage to trees and perhaps some minor structural damage in exposed coastal areas. Heavy showers are also expected, some with hail and thunder.
• Winds are expected to slowly decrease through the evening and become much lighter overnight. Saturday is expected to be a much quieter day apart from a few heavy showers which may turn wintry over the highest ground. After a quiet start to the day on Sunday wet and windy weather will soon return from the southwest and continue into Monday.
Flooding at The Commons, Pembroke, earlier. Pictures by Martin Cavaney:
Worst sea ive seen in all my years in Porthgain today,200 whelk pots &backlines washed off quay into harbour.Hope gear at sea is ok dout it!— @porthgaincrab 03 January 2014
Damage at Nolton. Picture: Frankie Goddard.
The scene at Lower Town, Fishguard:
Pembrokeshire County Council update, 9.45am:
• Solva: two properties flooded.
• Lower Town Fishguard: A487 closed at Lower Town due to flooded road. Properties flooded along the quay side. Sandbags deployed. Residents trying to stop traffic as bow wave of cars causing flooding to their properties. Lorry stuck with punctured tyre in middle of flood. Fire Service also in road pumping water out of property also.
• Newport: water onto Parrog Road either side of high tide. No properties flooded only impacted by spray.
• Pembroke: sandbags were deployed and no properties were flooded.. Commons Road in Pembroke was flooded and closed. Waiting for water to recede. Warning Signs erected.
• Carew Bridge: A4075 about to re-open.
• Amroth: sea wall at Amroth breached and sea front road closed.
News: During this mornings strike by @FBU members, the Fire service attended incidents in Fishguard & Haverfordwest. http://t.co/FCHpeIYjxj— @CleddauRadio 03 January 2014
Current road closures in #Pembrokeshire...A487 at Newgale...A487 at Lower Fishguard...Common Rd in Pembroke...A4075 just passable at Carew.— @JamesParkin2010 03 January 2014
The Duke of Edinburgh pub in the centre of the flood water at Newgale in this picture by Natalie Williams.
The scene at Abereiddy this morning, taken by Ieuan Jenkins.
Another view of the scene at Newgale, posted by Adam Price on Facebook.
Advice from Pembrokeshire County Council re sandbags: Householders or business owners whose properties are at risk of flooding are advised to prepare for continued high tides over the weekend by stocking up on sandbags and tarpaulins at local builders’ merchants.
Pembrokeshire County Council is advising those at risk of flooding to make any necessary preparations.
This amazing photograph of Newgale was posted by Philip Walker on Facebook. The pebble sea defences have been blown right across the road.
The storm hits Saundersfoot at around 7am this morning in this picture by Gareth Davies Photography.
Pembrokeshire County Council update:
• The A487 at Newgale is likely to remain closed for the whole day. The Duke of Edinburgh and the garage are flooded.
• At Lower Town Fishguard, properties have been flooded along the quayside. Sandbags have been deployed and more are on their way.
• The floodwater in Haverfordwest is now starting to recede.
• Flooding has also been reported at the Church in Dale. Dale is now cut off by the floodwater.
• The A4075 at Carew remains closed.
• At Pembroke, the two foot of water by the lights on the Commons is affecting transport and buses and access to Monkton.
• The Cleddau Bridge is currently open to all traffic.
• Road signs have been put up around Rickeston Bridge due to the bridge being flooded.
• Pembrokeshire County Council maintenance work crews
attending at key locations.
Some incredible images of the storm battering Broad Haven this morning, taken by the staff of the Haven Sports Surf Shop (@havensports on Twitter):
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"High tide arrived at about 7.45 am. Pumps were operating on the western side of the River Cleddau and many river frontage properties had been sand bagged.
"Nevertheless some properties suffered some limited flood damage as the tide peaked at its highest for many years."
Pembrokeshire County Council has just added this update:
• A487 road at Newgale was closed last night and remains closed this morning. Pebble wall had breached with waves overtopping.
• Minor flooding in Solva occurring before the high tide. One property flooded.
• Broad Haven: waves overtopping
• Haverfordwest: water going over bungs at Haverfordwest and water seeping through wall. Sandbags deployed to properties which did not have protection. Gully sucking in operation in charity shop by defence wall. Water reached Bristol Trader public house but has not yet gone over to road.
• Dale: water has gone over the wall in Dale. Sandbags issued to properties. Water has gone into the Griffin Inn. Dale is likely to be cut off for a time.
• Flooding at The Gann, near Dale; the Chapel in Sandy Haven and at Rickeston Bridge.
• Carew Bridge: flooding closed A4075 road,
• Pembroke: two feet of water reported by the lights on the Commons in Pembroke.
• Amroth: flooding on east side as opposed to west side. A hole has appeared on the seafront road which cannot yet be investigated.Council gully sucker and contractors being deployed.
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