With the clear-up following Storm Callum flooding well underway, important safety advice is being issued to Ceredigion residents.
Flooding forced a number of roads and bridges in Ceredigion to close. The Council is now aware that a small minority of motorists have ignored the signs placed to close roads, and have moved the signs to one side.
Councillor Dafydd Edwards, the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services said, “Council staff have been working around the clock to minimise the risks to Ceredigion residents. It was very disappointing to learn that a small minority of motorists have not only ignored clearly placed signs, but have even moved them out of the way. In ignoring the signs, individuals have potentially been putting themselves at risk. In moving the signs, they have also potentially been putting others at risk. I urge people to be patient not to attempt journeys on any road or bridge that hasn’t been deemed safe and re-opened.”
Council Housing Officers from the Community Wellbeing service are currently visiting flood affected properties to provide information and guidance to householders. These visits involve identifying potential vulnerable householders, advising on housing and insurance concerns, determining whether ongoing support is needed beyond the short term together with involvement of other support services where required. They can be contacted on 01545 570881 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council Environmental Health Officers are Clean-up operations have started. Public Health Wales has advice to help do so safely: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/94751
Road Closure Status
The B4476 Abercerdin has been reopened as has the A484 from Cenarth to Cardigan. The B4343 Cellan is passable in single file, but not to HGVs and similar vehicles. Cenarth Bridge has been reopened.
The B4459 Capel Dewi remains closed as approximately 100 tons of landslide debris is removed. The bridges in Llechryd and Newcastle Emlyn remains closed pending structural assessments.
The Council have set up bulky household waste collection free of charge for the flooded properties. To organise a collection, those affected should call 01545 572572.
Loose gas Canisters in Llandysul
Llandysul was one of the worst affected areas in the county following flooding. In responding to incidents across the county, Ceredigion County Council has learnt that the flood dislodged a number of gas canisters. Approximately 20 are unaccounted for and are thought to be being carried down the Teifi River.
Should a member of the public see a canister, they are urged leave the cylinders undisturbed and contact West Wales Gas on 01559 362000, between the hours of 8:30-5pm, or 07968 514324 outside of office hours, to arrange their safe collection. The gas cylinders of various sizes, and are blue or red in colour.