County flood clean-up begins

12:35pm Tuesday 7th January 2014

A £500,000 clean-up operation has begun to clear areas around the county affected by the worst flooding in living memory.

In Newgale this morning (Tuesday), county council workers have started rebuilding the pebble defence wall and clearing the road, which has been closed since Thursday night (January 2).

Heavy plant began clearing the sea front road of hundreds of tons of stones washed onto the highway.

Providing there is no further deterioration in the weather, it is hoped the road will re-open by the end of the week.

National Resources Wales are also on site, and will begin work to clear the stream at the far end of the village once the road is clear.

It is hoped the flooded roads, field and campsite surrounding the Duke of Edinburgh pub will then be able to start draining.

A county council spokesman said it is currently estimated that the county-wide operation cost around £500,000 but stressed this is still subject to further review.

In the south of the county, the road at Amroth remains closed after part of it was washed away.

The damage occurred when a 40-metre stretch of the sea wall was breached by a combination of high winds and huge waves also on Thursday night.

Work to repair the seawall and the highway will take a considerable time to complete

In the meantime, Pembrokeshire County Council is examining options to enable the road to be re-opened over a temporary alignment.




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