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Rhydycar Flood

Rhydycar, Merthyr Tydfil

Following a terrible storm over the Christmas holiday 1979 a culvert above Rhydycar became

blocked, sending the build up of water crashing down on Rhydycar Cottages, killing two

residents. It also triggered the demolishment of Rhydycar Cottages, by Merthyr Council.


 The Front Page article in the Merthyr Express  

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Ambulance Men carry an elderly resident to safety  

A Fireman struggles through a bedroom window

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Residents belongings litter the gardens

An elderly resident is helped from her cottage

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A group of ambulance men and volunteers


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The Secretary of State for Wales, Nicholas Edwards visited to inspect the damage.

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The Mayor of Merthyr councillor Dave James and Mr Nicholas Edwards inspect the damage

A resident (Maldwyn Nicholas) talks to Selwyn Jones (Town Clerk) and

Councillor Gerry Donovan

(Thanks to Andrea Nicholas for the extra information)

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Mr Nicholas Edwards Chats to residents
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