THERE is major traffic disruption in Brecon due to the closure of the A40 bypass following Storm Dennis.
One eastbound lane, from the Tarell roundabout towards Brynich, has now opened but drivers have been warned to pass with care at highways staff are still working to clear debris from a landslide.The bypass has been closed due the landslide, near the the Brynich roundabout, with a large amount of mud and trees having fallen on the road. The bypass was also closed throughout Sunday.
Traffic heading north towards Brecon on the A470 on Monday morning, February 17 has been delayed for up to an hour at the Tarell roundabout, the junction of the A470 and the A40 bypass. Slow moving traffic has been backed up all the way to Libanus.
The closure has meant all traffic heading north has had to move through Llanfaes in Brecon which is also suffering from heavy congestion.
Dyfed-Powys Police has asked drivers to consider alternative routes.
Disruption caused by the heavy rain had closed a number of roads over the weekend but the A40 between Crickhowell and Glangrwyney has now reopened in both directions as has the A470 north of Brecon towards Builth Wells.Meanwhile members of St Edmund’s Church in Crickhowell are offering shelter and practical help to local residents hit by flooding with Crickhowell one of the towns worst affected.“As a church, we are aware of many who are struggling with the aftermath of the storms,” the vicar of St Edmund’s, Rev Rana Khan, said.“We are here to pray and support, but also if there is a need, to provide practical care through providing emergency accommodation and provision of food, working in association with other people in the town.“We have accommodation available, which we shall offering to those who are affected. I have asked people just let us know if you are aware of particular needs – and we will try to assist in whatever way we can.”People can contact Rev Rana at any time at Crickhowell Rectory 01873 810944 or through the parish’s website at www.crickhowellparish.org.ukThe heavy rain has also caused disruption to a mobile Post Office serving parts of Radnorshire and the borders.Whitney-on-Wye stores and Post Office is temporarily closed due to severe flooding and the vehicle, which was parked outside the store, is also unable to get out to serve the communities of Almeley, Gladestry, Dorstone, Walton, New Radnor, Pembridge, Llangunllo and Wimore.The extent of the damage at the premises is still being assessed. A Post Office field team is supporting the Postmaster.A spokesman for the Post Office, said: “We are working hard to restore Post Office service to Whitney-on-Wye as soon as possible and the rural communities that it serves. It is not yet known when the branch and Mobile service will be able to open due to the extent of the flooding in the area. In the meantime alternative branches will include Eardisley and Hay on Wye."Public Health Wales has issued advice on what people can do to protect their health after floodng on the NHS Wales website.It says hand washing is the most important way to get rid of harmful bugs after being in contact with floodwater, sewage or items that have been in the water.