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31st JULY 2003
   

BOAT RESCUE …FIREFIGHTERS SPRING INTO ACTION

 
 

MAKING A SPLASH… This police car makes its way slowly through a flooded area of Penybanc Road, next to TD Williams.

       

MOPPING UP FLOODS CHAOS.

FLOOD waters plunged the area into chaos last Friday when heavy rain caused several rivers to burst their banks.

Firefighters were called into action after the rivers Amman, Dulais, Loughor, Bran and Towy burst their banks.

Ammanford firefighters were forced to call in the assistance of Carmarthen's fire brigade boat after a number of animals got into distress at Pantyffynnon Farm.

A spokesman at Ammanford Fire Station said: “The fire brigade boat was able to rescue the majority of the sheep but some did get swept away down river.”

The cellar of a public house at Glynmoch was hard hit after the drains could not cope with the sheer capacity of water.

One local resident said :”The cellar of the Farmers Arms is full of water.

“And the roads are so bad motorists have chosen to drive on the pavement.”

Cllr Kevin Madge praised the quick thinking of firefighters who raced to Glanaman Hospital after there were fears dirty water would flood hallways and treatment rooms.

He said: “Their prompt action made sure that the floods did not cause too much disruption.”

The Towy Valley also experienced its fair share of problems after a number of manholes became flooding, causing water to pour down the streets of Cwmifor and Tally.

A local woman said: “Glanbryndan Farm was folded and a number of people had problems getting to work after the manholes began to overflow.

“I am really surprised we experienced floods like this when we consider the hot weather we have had.”

Residents of Pontarddulais, one of the areas worst effected, were forced to use sandbags to stop dirty floodwater from entering their homes. One homeowner said it was the worst flood to hit the village in almost 40 years.

STORY:
EMMA EVANS
emma.evans@gwent-wales.co.uk

PHOTO:
HUW WAGHORN

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