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Swansea residents face clean up after flash flooding

Category: Wales

Published: 21st Jul 2010 07:54:10

A care home worker has spoken of her despair at a second clean-up in eight months following flash floods in Swansea.

Tina Nicholls is among a number of residents in Birchgrove and Glais areas of the city hit by heavy rain on Tuesday.

Roads were closed as firefighters pumped water out of five homes after a blocked culvert caused flooding.

Mrs Nicholls was about to redecorate following flooding last November.

We assessed the properties... to make sure all residents were safe and not in any great danger.”

"It was only yesterday we bought wooden floors and other stuff; we'd been waiting since that time," said Mrs Nicholls, who was at work when she heard her house had been flooded again.

"We were promised it wouldn't happen again, as it was an act of God, and by God it's happened again.

"There was water everywhere. I'm just devastated. There was water, muck, floating pots - I didn't know where to look.

"To be honest with you I wanted to sit on the floor and cry.

"That's our summer and our holidays gone again. What can I say?

"We were going to start work a week on Monday but that's not going to happen now. We'll have at least two weeks of the humidifiers coming back in."

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service requested a boat to assess the damage but it was not needed.

Watch manager David Fox said that when crews arrived in Birchgrove, the water was thigh-high.

"We started pumping water out and tried diverting it into the drains so it would subside," he said.

"We had three pumps in attendance... and we also assessed the properties that we couldn't gain access to make sure all residents were safe and not in any great danger.

"There was a local builder who had access to a JCB and he offered his services.

"I assessed it was safe for him to use his JCB on the culvert and gave him the go ahead, and once we did that it quickly subsided."

Council workers then cleared the remaining debris from the road.

Properties in Neath were also affected.

Flooding was also reported in other parts of Wales, including on the A470 in Powys between the B4358 at Newbridge-on-Wye and the A44 at Llangurig.

The A5152 Grosvenor Road in Wrexham was also affected.

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