It was an uncomfortable and stressful 24 hours for residents in Skewen, Neath Port Talbot, with many having to spend the night in temporary accommodation after around eight streets were flooded.
Fortunately no one was injured as residents around Goshen Park, were flooded and a large number of properties needed to be evacuated. People were rescued onto pick-up trucks and pets were taken to safety.
South Wales Police said……
“Everyone who was evacuated has been found accommodation for tonight, estimated at around 80 residents.
There have been no reported injuries and we ask people to continue to avoid the area. The cause of the flooding is being investigated and the water level will continue to be monitored.”
The fire service said the water level rose more than 2ft in just an hour.
Deputy chief fire officer Roger Thomas, of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said….
“First and foremost our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the events of today.
“This incident involved a large multi-agency response to what was a dynamic and fast-moving incident, with incredible efforts by everyone involved to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the affected community.
“Our crews will remain available throughout the night to support our partners in bringing this incident to a safe conclusion.”
Residents said they were told by emergency service staff that an underground mine shaft had collapsed.
Neath and Port Talbot council said a local centre was available, and measures had been taken to protect against Covid-19.
Chief executive Karen Jones said…..
“Council officers have been on site since around midday and there will be a continued council presence in the area throughout the night.
Our main focus at present is on continuing to support residents who had to leave their homes and ensuring others have a safe place to go if further evacuations are necessary.”
To show the true scale of the flooding Paul Davies, who lives in Swansea took this aerial footage of the flooding as it happened.
Paul, who comes from Skewen, had an immediate response to the video with people sympathising with residents affected. Some adding that the council workforce had been ‘exceptional people, along with the emergency services in dealing with the issues and problems, helping residents so quickly.’