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Slope clearance to start at fatal Carmarthen landslide site

Carmarthenshire County Council has said that it is continuing to lead the complex operation to clear the site of a fatal landslide in October.

A small section of the A484 at Cwmduad, a rural road between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, has been closed since the landslide during Storm Callum in October in which 21 year old Corey Sharpling died.

Ground investigations have been underway to ensure that the embankments above the road can be made stable, including drainage and tree works. The operation also involves the recovery of a lorry which was swept into the river during the storm.

Council officers have worked with external agencies, the landowner and insurance companies to secure the re-opening of the road as soon as possible, however they have warned that the complexity of the works, and the legal process between parties, means the operation could be lengthy.

Initial work to create a safe working area for clearance and construction works will commence early next week. The road will remain closed for some weeks yet.

Carmarthenshire County Council Director of Environment Ruth Mullen said: “Whilst our primary focus has always been to ensure the safety of the public, we are mindful of the impact this has on local residents and commuters and therefore we continue to seek the re-opening of the highway as early as possible, although this will only happen once the area is safe.

“This includes removal of debris on the upper slope, drainage and regrading works before any work can commence on the highway below.

“We would like to thank the community and users of the A484 and B4333 for their patience and understanding.”

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