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Pembrokeshire Battered By Storm

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HERALD NEWS UPDATE – LATEST INFORMATION ON WEATHER DISRUPTION

• 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.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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