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UK News Historic bridge in Welsh town 'collapses' after Storm Dennis

16:56  18 february  2020
16:56  18 february  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Residents are counting the cost of flooding after Storm Dennis left parts of Wales under water. Several schools have been closed and trains are cancelled after more Meanwhile Taff's Well rugby club said in a Facebook statement that there was "so much heartbreak and devastation" in towns and villages.

The historic Teddy Bear Bridge in Ystradgynlais has "collapsed" following Storm Dennis.

Images of the bridge show the damage caused due to high water levels during this weekend's storm.

Residents in the area have shared their concerns after The Met Office issued a new yellow weather warning for heavy rain and flooding this week.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said that the bridge "collapsed" outside her house.

She said: "It happened first thing this morning between 8.30-9am. One of my neighbours said that he walked out of his house and he saw it happen.

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The Welsh town of Crickhowell, which was cut off after the River Usk bursts its banks during Storm Dennis . The River Usk broke its banks near a bridge , flooding the town with muddy water. Many people across the UK have been surveying the flood damage caused to their homes by the storm .

Storm Dennis is continuing to sweep its way across the UK on Sunday, causing a second day of Towns in the Scottish Borders including Jedburgh, Hawick and Newcastleton have experienced Image caption Bricks and debris cover damaged cars after part of a building collapsed in Herne Bay

"We thought that we had escaped the weather, the river was high this weekend but then it went back down.

"The bridge collapsed out of the blue. We are concerned - who knows what could happen.

"We have been in touch with the council and they are treating it as an emergency situation.

"The bridge was closed over the weekend, the flood gates were closed, so luckily it wasn't open at the time. It is a worrying time but thank you to the fire service who were at the scene quickly."

a house that is parked on the side of a building: Teddy Bear Bridge in Ystradgynlais © Jo Powell Teddy Bear Bridge in Ystradgynlais a stone bridge: This is the damage that's been caused © Jo Powell This is the damage that's been caused a small train is traveling down the water in front of a house: A huge crack in the wall of the bridge can be seen © Jo Powell A huge crack in the wall of the bridge can be seen

Wayne Thomas, chairman of Ystradgynlais Town Council said that he also fears for the worst.

"We have had past experience of flooding, Its a 4ft high wall and I expect the river will reach it.

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Towns turned into lakes in Storm Dennis Jump to media player Communities in the south Wales valleys are reeling from the devastation caused by Communities are rallying around as the clean-up operation continues, after homes and businesses were damaged by the second storm in less a week.

The town was left underwater after a month’s worth of rain fell on Saturday and Sunday. The River Usk broke its banks near a bridge , flooding the town with muddy water. The storm ’s aftermath continued to cause transport chaos on Monday as train lines and roads were blocked by flooding and fallen trees.

"I have no doubt that this will affect the properties, it really is an emergency situation, I'm frightened for the people who live there.

"The pub nearby has also just spent thousands of pounds refurbishing it," he said.

Powys council has confirmed that they have closed the road and engineers are on route to inspect the bridge and to see what the next steps are.

During the weekend the country was battered by winds topping 90mph and rainfall of more than 16cm in some areas as more than a month's worth of rain fell in 48 hours.

The storm was declared a "major incident" by police and many towns and villages across south Wales suffered severe flooding with hundreds of people having to be evacuated from their homes.

Flood victims to be given up to £1,000 in wake of Storms Ciara and Dennis .
The Welsh Government says people whose homes were hit by the recent deluges will be given cash to helpThose whose properties were submerged when torrential rain battered the region will receive £500 with an extra £500 on top for residents without home insurance.

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