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Published Sunday, October 14, 2018
Two people have been killed after storm Callum battered Wales, the western parts of Britain and coastal areas. A Met Office alert warned of danger to life from fast-flowing, deep floodwater and power cuts, and said some communities were threatened with being cut off completely.
Carmarthenshire is one of the areas worst hit by storm Callum, as torrential rain has caused rivers to burst their banks and flood towns and villages. The river Towy burst its banks on Saturday. Police also revealed that about 100 sheep had been washed away in the Carmarthenshire village of Pontargothi.
A Carmarthenshire council spokesperson urged people to stay away from flood areas. “Please do not put your safety at risk. In areas worst affected by floods, we advise people not to drive unless absolutely essential in order to help the emergency services.” Carmarthenshire, Powys and Ceredigion are the worst affected areas.
The strongest gust of wind in the UK on Saturday was recorded at Milford Haven, as gusts of 60mph (97kmh) battered the Pembrokeshire coast. Residents of 29 homes on Canal Side in Aberdulais, near Neath, have been advised to leave their homes because of high river levels.
Emergency services said they had received multiple reports of livestock being carried away or trapped by floodwater. The worst incident occurred at Pontargothi in Carmarthenshire, where almost 100 sheep were washed away.
Storm Callum Facts
Affected Area: 35 km.
Alert Level: Orange
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