A COMPLEX operation is continuing to clear the site of a fatal landslide in Carmarthenshire and re-open the A484 road.

A small section of the A484 at Cwmduad, between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, has been closed since the landslide occurred during the height of Storm Callum in October.

The landslide claimed the life of 21-year-old Corey Sharpling, from Newcastle Emlyn.

Specialist investigations have been underway since the landslip to ensure that the embankments above the road can be made stable and this has included drainage and tree works. The operation also involves the recovery of a lorry which was swept into the river during the storm.

Carmarthenshire County Council officers are working 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.

Ruth Mullen, director of environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “While 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.”

Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen– Newcastle Emlyn.