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Coal Authority leading Skewen flooding investigation

The investigation into what caused flooding in Skewen is continuing and is being led by officials from the Coal Authority say Council.

In a statement, Neath Port Talbot Council said: “Engineers have now determined the precise location and extension of the collapsed mine shaft which allows them to bring in larger equipment to investigate the wider mine workings and drainage channels in the area around it.

“They have also checked all recorded shafts in the immediate area and found them all to be safe; work to check over a wider area is continuing in the days ahead.

“The council is working closely with the Coal Authority to understand how residents will be impacted by the ongoing investigations.

“We know that people will want to get back to their homes but for today and tomorrow it is not safe to do so.

“Work on site is continuing and we hope to issue a further statement tomorrow.

“If you have been affected by the flooding or if you have been evacuated and have not yet contacted the council, please do so by calling 01639 686868 or you can leave your contact details with staff at our dedicated Residents’ Incident Support Centre. The Centre is located in Abbey Primary School (opposite Blodau) and open today and throughout next week from 9am to 5pm.

“This will help us get the correct information to residents as soon as possible.

“The safety of residents continues to be our top priority and in the meantime we ask you to please be patient as the investigation continues.”

(Lead image: Neath Port Talbot Council)


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