BCBC staff take speedy action throughout Storm Henk

copyright Lisa Baker 2021

As Storm Henk hit much of the United Kingdom this week, Bridgend County Borough Council’s Highways team worked round the clock to make sure all roads remained safe and clear of debris.

Crews responded to reports of fallen trees at various locations throughout the county borough and swift arrangements were made for any debris to be removed.

There were also around 85 reports of flooding and crews inspected and cleared drains/ culverts to minimise the risk of any disruption or damage.

Sandbags were issued to six properties and thankfully there were no reports of any internal flooding.

Porthcawl, Pyle, Cornelly appeared to bear the brunt of the storm but many reports were also received in areas such as Maesteg and Pencoed.

A jetter was also sent to the main A48 roundabouts between Laleston and Pyle where significant flooding was caused by rain water running off nearby fields. Land Drainage Officers also visited several locations throughout the week.


Cllr John Spanswick, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Environment, said: “I’d like to thank our highways team for once again working around the clock to protect our county borough in such difficult conditions.

“Safety is absolutely paramount and as a result of their dedication and expertise I am pleased that no major incidents have been reported.

“Unfortunately, storms of this nature are becoming more and more common but the Highways team make sure they plan for extreme weather and prepare in the best way possible to minimise the risk of any disruption.

“I’d also like to extend my thanks to our litter-picking team who have been clearing up lots of debris and litter which has blown around the streets as a consequence of this bad weather.”


Residents are reminded that they can report any storm related issues via the council’s digital ‘My Account’ service.

Please visit the council’s website for more information about winter weather preparation.