18th April 2021

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Carmarthenshire counts the cost the day after Storm Callum

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The day after the worst floods to hit Carmarthenshire for almost 30 years many people are coming to terms with the loss of property, livestock and in the most tragic of circumstances human life as a man was tragically killed on the A484 at Cwmduad following a landslip.

Rivers across Wales broke their banks and people were asked to leave their homes in some parts of the country. The unsung heroes of all this have been the emergency services who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend. Utility company Western Power made sure those without electricity did not have to wait too long before normal service was resumed.

In Carmarthen police were asking people to avoid the town as the river Tywi burst its banks and breached flood defences. Residents in Johnstown formed teams to make makeshift flood defences out of sandbags. The community spirit was evident as those helping were fed warm food.

Monitoring the flooding: Residents build makeshift flood defences

There were stories of at least 100 sheep having been washed away at Pantargothi and tales of heroic rescues of livestock from flooded land adjoining rivers across Wales. The rail service between Carmarthen and Swansea was also disrupted. Most coastal areas and villages along the main rivers of West Wales were put on flood alert.

Flood warnings: The area around Carmarthen affected by flooding

Carmarthenshire appeared to bare the brunt of what Storm Callum had to offer. The area bounded in blue on the map shows the area covered by flood alerts and warnings for Carmarthen. In Llandysul the river burst its banks damaging property. The local Llandysul Paddlers did a sterling job of making sure everyone was OK utilising their canoes to get around flooded areas.

Storm Callum Carmarthen from Llanelli Online on Vimeo.

As the emergency services and volunteers continue to work to clear up the aftermath of Storm Callum there will be those counting the cost of the damage caused but thanking their lucky stars that they are at least able to do so.

All photos courtesy of Peter Tully. Film footage courtesy of GI Joe

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Though the worst of the rain has passed, river levels in parts of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire are still exceptionally high and a number of roads and bridges remain closed.

“Officers continue to deal with a landslide on the A484 at Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire, where tragically a man has died. His next of kin has been informed and his family is being supported by specially trained officers. The road is closed and will be for some time.

“Our advice is to only travel if it is essential. If you need to make a journey, check for road closures beforehand. Observe closures and warning signs and never risk driving through flood water.

“More rain is expected but at much lower levels than we’ve seen over the past few days. River levels are expected to drop over the next 18 hours, when more will be known about the full effect of the storm.”

There are major travel disruptions on the A484 between Carmarthen and Cardigan as a result of yesterday’s flooding, with a number of bridges currently closed.

Work is ongoing with partners to put diversions in place but delays are highly likely. HGVs will be the worst affected and drivers are advised to plan ahead and only use suitable alternative routes.

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Where road closures are in place it is for everyone’s safety – never ignore them and don’t risk driving through flood water.

For full details of road closures in Carmarthenshire, visit

For full details of road closures in Ceredigion, follow Ceredigion County Council on Facebook and Twitter.

Some flood warnings remain in place in areas of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. For full details visit: naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Some clean-up operations have started, Public Health Wales has advice to help you do so safely.

Severe weather is forecast to affect the Wales & Borders area through this coming weekend. Severe flooding caused by extreme rainfall and coastal flooding is forecast. As a result, an amended timetable will be implemented as follows

Swansea – Carmarthen
No trains will operate between Swansea – Carmarthen between 07:00 – 11:00 and after 19:00 due to anticipated coastal flooding caused by strong winds coinciding with high tides. Very limited replacement buses will be in operation and customers are advised to avoid travelling.

Aberystwyth – Machynlleth – Newtown – Shrewsbuy
No trains will operate between Machynlleth and Newtown in both directions after 10:00 until start of service on Monday.

Machynlleth – Tywyn – Barmouth – Harlech – Pwllheli
The 08:52 Machynlleth – Pwllheli, 10:55 Machynlleth – Pwllheli, 09:34 Pwllheli – Machynlleth and 11:37 Pwllheli – Machynlleth services will be cancelled.

Blaenau Ffestiniog – Llandudno Junction
No trains will operate between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog on Friday or Saturday.

Customers are advised that road transport is subject to local road conditions and may also be affected by road closures. Additionally, further route closures may occur during the course of the storm. Customers with tickets dated for travel on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October are able to use their tickets on Sunday 14th and Monday 15th October.

Full details on timetable changes are available here:

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