Barry weathers the storm
10:42am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
WITH only transport delays and minor flooding being reported, it seems Barry weathered the St Jude storm relatively unscathed.
The UK's worst storm in 25 years had a devastating effect on some parts of Britain with four deaths being attributed to the hurricane-force gales that swept through on Monday morning (October, 28).
In southern England hundreds of thousands of homes were left without power and millions of journeys disrupted as trees and debris was thrown across roads, train tracks and power lines.
Barry saw minor transport disruption in the aftermath of the storm and South Wales fire service confirmed only one domestic call out, to deal with flooding at Westbury Close.
At 4.15am fire engines attended the Close to pump water from the exterior of the buildings and sandbags were supplied to prevent water from entering the houses.
Barry Court ward councillor Richard Bertin Barry Court Ward said: " I dropped in on residents affected in the Westbury Close area. The fire service were called in the early hours to deal with flooding and I must say it was pretty bad and needed sandbags.
"I will now be asking housing to investigate drainage at this site."
In transport, the train service between Barry and Bridgend was hit most severely, with flooded lines and high winds causing a complete cancellation of services for most of the afternoon and into early evening.
Replacement buses were provided for both this route and also the line between Rhoose and Bridgend, which was temporarily inactive.
A spokeswoman for Arriva Trains Wales said:"We apologise for any inactivity but passenger safety is our number one priority."
On the roads, the early hours of the morning saw Penarth Road (A4160) become flooded with police reporting vehicles being abandoned. The road was closed in both directions, between Barry Road and Brindley Road, but later cleared and opened with minimal delays.
"Significant flooding" was noted on Five Mile Lane (A4226), both ways between the B4266 Pontypridd Road and A48, but remained passable throughout.