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Clean-up continues after 'worst flooding' in three decades

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A clean-up is underway in Wales after the worst flooding in three decades in some parts of Wales.

Carmarthenshire County Council said extra resources have been put in place to collect ruined carpets, furniture and other waste.

For those most in need of financial support, a hardship fund has been established in addition to rate relief sought from Welsh Government for businesses.

There has been widespread flooding across the county with Carmarthen,Newcastle Emlyn, Llanybydder, Llandeilo and Pont Tyweli some of the worst affected areas.

Heavy rainfall caused many river banks to burst, leaving streets, homes and businesses flooded.

Over the weekend the flood defences on the River Towy in Carmarthen were breached for the first time in their history. Many residents were evacuated as a result.

I think it's a critical message around flooding. No matter how many flood defences you have, they are a defence, there is always a risk that they can overtop and can fail therefore businesses, homes that are behind those defences need to heed the flood alerts and warnings that are issued.

– Huwel Manley, Natural Resources Wales

Aberdulais, a Neath Port Talbot village, was one of the worst areas in Wales with people asked to evacuate their homes due to rising river levels.

Storm Callum has swept across Wales with heavy rain and strong winds since Friday October 12.

Read more: Man dies in landslide in Carmarthenshire

21-year-old, Corey Sharpling, died in a landslide on Saturday evening in the aftermath of Storm Callum.

Highways, cleansing and refuse crews continue to clean debris left and inspections will take place on all affected road surfaces, verges and bridges.

Carmarthenshire County Council Chief Executive Mark James said focus has been shifted to recovery.

Our staff have been working hard to respond in extremely difficult conditions. Now that the flood waters have subsided we have shifted our focus from response to recovery and we are doing all we can to support everyone affected.

A full assessment of the damage is underway, and, as well as working with partner agencies, we are also speaking with Welsh Government to ensure appropriate resources are in place.

– Mark James, Chief Executive

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