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Storm Eunice has impacted across Monmouthshire. Over 1,000 homes in Monmouthshire were left without power and residents were urged to contact Western Power for information.

Both the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge and M48 Severn Bridge were closed to traffic due to high winds. The M4 Prince of Wales Bridge is now back open.

Monmouthshire County Council crews have been out and about throughout the day clearing over 50 fallen trees which blocked the roads.

Home carers attended all calls and Monmouthshire’s meals service delivered to all homes as expected.

The contact centre took over 300 calls to support people throughout the day and responded to queries coming in via the Chatbot. The situation was updated via @MonmouthshireCC’s social media channels throughout the day.

Winter maintenance teams will be out gritting roads overnight as temperatures drop and there are risks of snow, ice and difficult driving conditions – a few centimetres of snow is anticipated on the North West corner of the county overnight.

Any residents who were due a recycling and waste collection on Friday 18th should put their recycling and waste out for collection by 7am on Saturday 19th February and the teams will endeavour to collect everything as soon as they possibly can.

Plans are in place for services to resume from tomorrow:

  • All Leisure Centres will open tomorrow. All MonLife attractions are also aiming to open.
  • All library services will run as usual tomorrow and staff will be able to assist hub enquiries too. Usk Post Office will be open.
  • All Social Care and Health services will continue to run tomorrow on top of the additional assistance that has been provided today.
  • All community meals will be delivered tomorrow.
  • Bus services should be running.

Teams will be on storm patrol all weekend, including monitoring rainfall and flood risks as flood alerts remain in place on the River Wye and River Usk.  

Council Leader Richard John said: “I would like to thank everyone in Monmouthshire who has avoided travel today – conditions are still looking challenging out there, so it’s wise to avoid any unnecessary journeys. Thank you to colleagues who have been working round the clock in difficult conditions to keep everyone safe and to get so many services back up and running for tomorrow. I’m incredibly proud of the way that colleagues and residents alike have dealt with the biggest storm we have seen in decades.”