Storm Callum – Family of man, 21, killed by landslide pay tribute while clean-up operation begins after devastating floods

A MAN who died in a landslide in Wales during Storm Callum has been named as 21-year-old Corey Sharpling.

Mr Sharpling, from Newcastle Emlyn, was killed in the incident at Cwmduad on Saturday.

Corey with his girlfriend Marsha, 18
Corey with his girlfriend Marsha, 18
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In a statement, his family said: “We are heartbroken at the tragic loss of our beautiful son Corey.

“Many knew his wit, charm and sense of loyalty and we take those things with us in our hearts.

“We would like to thank the community for their support at this time and also friends and colleagues at University of Wales Trinity, St David, Carmarthen.

“As a family we would appreciate time to grieve and ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”

Torrential rain has been falling in Wales causing severe flooding
Torrential rain has been falling in Wales causing severe flooding
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Dyfed-Powys Police said the circumstances of Mr Sharpling’s death were being investigated.

Inspector Chris Neve said: “Dyfed-Powys Police officers attended the A484 near Cwmduad on October 13 following reports a tree had fallen on to the road.

“While officers were dealing with the obstruction, a large-scale landslide occurred which tragically resulted in Corey losing his life at the scene.

“We are currently working with partner agencies to make the area safe for residents and road users and I urge people to stay away from the location at this time. The road is closed.

The extreme weather has caused devastation across Wales
The extreme weather has caused devastation across Wales
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“Corey’s death will no doubt be a shock to the local community and on behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police I offer my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.”

Mr Sharpling was on his way to work at McDonalds in Camrarthen, West Wales, when he got off the bus to get a closer look at a rescue operation taking place on the A484.

Corey Sharpling with partner Marsha Spittle, who has been named locally as the young man who died when a landslide hit the A484 road
Corey Sharpling with partner Marsha Spittle, who has been named locally as the young man who died when a landslide hit the A484 road
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He watched council workers chop up a tree which had fallen and blocked the road, even causing a lorry to be swept into a nearby river.

But he was struck by a huge landslide of rocks and earth falling onto the road.

A witness said: “There was a loud rumble as some of the valley side slipped down the hillside.

“This poor lad was hit by the full force of it, he didn’t stand a chance. It was a freak accident, if he’d stayed on the bus he would have been fine.”

Landslide on A484 in Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire which proved fatal, claiming Corey's life
Landslide on A484 in Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire which proved fatal, claiming Corey’s life
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The landslide even swept a lorry into a nearby river
The landslide even swept a lorry into a nearby river
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Corey's emotionally torn girlfriend Martha said he was everything she ever wanted
Corey’s emotionally torn girlfriend Marsha said he was everything she ever wanted
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The 21-year-old had got off his bus, to assess the carnage Storm Callum brought on the A484
The 21-year-old had got off his bus, to assess the carnage Storm Callum brought on the A484
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Council workers were cutting up a tree which had obstructed the A484, when disaster struck
Council workers were cutting up a tree which had obstructed the A484, when disaster struck
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A horrified witness said Corey didn't stand a chance against the landslide
A horrified witness said Corey didn’t stand a chance against the landslide
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His heartbroken girlfriend Marsha Spittle, 18, said on Facebook: “Today I lost the love of my life – he was everything I always wanted.

“You have sadly been taken from me and your family by a terrible accident earlier tonight.

“I want you to know that I will always love you forever and always.”

Police are supporting his family and the road remains closed as debris is being removed.

A Dyfed-Powys police spokesperson said: “Officers continue to deal with a landslide on the A484 at Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire, where tragically a man has died.

“His family are being supported by specially trained officers.”

Corey was on his way to work at McDonalds in Carmarthen, West Wales, when the tragedy happened on Saturday
Corey was on his way to work at McDonalds in Carmarthen, West Wales, when the tragedy happened on Saturday
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Roads in Carmarthenshire remain closed in the aftermath of Storm Callum's ferocious floods
Roads in Carmarthenshire remain closed in the aftermath of Storm Callum’s ferocious floods
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The tragedy happened as Wales was battered by Storm Callum which brought the worst flooding to the region in 30 years.

A search was launched on Saturday afternoon after reports that a man had fallen into the swollen waters of the River Taff in Cardiff and died.

The woman he was said to have been walking with, was released from University Hospital in Cardiff, Wales, after receiving treatment.

Another man died on Brighton Beach after horrified witnesses reported seeing him struggling in the waves.

Police on Brighton Palace pier after a man drowned on Brighton Beach
Police on Brighton Palace pier after a man drowned on Brighton Beach
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Panicked witnesses raised the alarm and reported a man to be in serious trouble
Panicked witnesses raised the alarm and reported a man to be in serious trouble
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By the time emergency services arrived at around 1.30am, the man had been in the water for 30 minutes and was no longer moving.

Callum is now causing travel chaos and rail delays as commuters in Wales have been advised against travel today as the trailing weather front sends one last pulse of miserable weather across the country.

Welsh town Carmarthen submerged underwater as Storm Callum wreaks havoc
Welsh town Carmarthen submerged underwater as Storm Callum wreaks havoc
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Trains across the entire Transport for Wales Network will be subject to heavy delays, or cancellations, National Rail warned.

The Heart of Wales line will not be operating for a minimum of 48 hours as severe flooding wrecked rail lines in the Llandeilo area.

Flooding around Cardiff Central and Aberdare regions has left trains unable to run, and even motorists will be subject to heavy diversions.

Welsh police force Dyfed-Powys has advised against travel only if it is essential, as there are still an “exceptionally high” number of roads and bridges closed across Ceredigion and Camarthenshire regions.

Flooding caused by Storm Callum, outside Ken Williams Motors in Carmathen, Wales
Flooding caused by Storm Callum, outside Ken Williams Motors in Carmathen, Wales
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Fire crew pump water out of properties in Crickhowell, South Wales
Fire crew pump water out of properties in Crickhowell, South Wales
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Cars drive through flood water in Beaulieu, Hampshire
Cars drive through flood water in Beaulieu, Hampshire
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Heavy rain falls in Edinburgh, Scotland and showers will continue for the rest of the day
Heavy rain falls in Edinburgh, Scotland
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Cars make their way through flood water in the town of Carmarthen in West Wales as flood defences fail
Cars make their way through flood water in the town of Carmarthen in West Wales as flood defences fail
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Residents and locals check out the extensive flooding at Crickhowell in Wales
Residents and locals check out the extensive flooding at Crickhowell in Wales
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Walkers get caught out by the waves on the Cobb at Lyme Regis
Walkers get caught out by the waves on the Cobb at Lyme Regis
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Floods swamped villages of Aberdulais and Tonna in the Neath Valley
Floods swamped villages of Aberdulais and Tonna in the Neath Valley
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A solitary car left in a car park gets flooded at Llangattock in Powys
A solitary car left in a car park gets flooded at Llangattock in Powys
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Crickhowell was turned into an island yesterday – as Storm Callum cut off all major road
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Describing the heavy showers, Aneurin Cox, of Natural Resources Wales said: “We have looked at the records and we are looking at records about 30 years ago when we had an event of this size and significance.”

And the dreary conditions are set to last until today.

Forecasters expect a fresh band of rain to push-in from the south-west.

A Met Office forecaster said: “The South West, the Midlands and western parts of London that escaped much of the storm’s wrath over the last couple of days will experience very heavy downpours at times.”

Fire services pump water out of a property in Powys, Wales
Fire services pump water out of a property in Powys, Wales
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River Neath is covered in foam from the Aberdulais waterfall in Aberdulais, Neath, South Wales, where an amber weather warning was in force
River Neath is covered in foam from the Aberdulais waterfall in Aberdulais, Neath, South Wales, where an amber weather warning was in force
A tree was blown over from the strong winds of Storm Callum in Oldham
A tree was blown over from the strong winds of Storm Callum in Oldham
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From today, cloud and patchy rain will remain in the south east, with generally clear, dry conditions further north and west.

Simon Partridge from the Met Office added: “There’s a cool clear start for many parts of the UK on Monday, and actually for much of the UK it’s a dry fine and sunny day to boot.”

Storm Callum caused rivers to burst their banks and power supplies were wiped out for many across western parts over Friday and Saturday, with south Wales the worst-hit region.

Residents and locals check out the extensive flooding at Crickhowell in Powys
Residents and locals check out the extensive flooding at Crickhowell in Powys
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A car attempts to pass the flooded closed off Old Station Road in Carmarthen, Wales
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Large swathes of the town have been left underwater in the floods[/caption]

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The flooded entrance of Aberdulais Falls in south Wales[/caption]

A mum and her baby son had a ‘miracle’ escape after a huge tree branch torn off by Storm Callum crashed onto her car
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Residents of Crickhowell in south Wales piled sandbags against their front doors as firefighters pump water from the local pub and submerged cars have been left abandoned.

People in the surrounding area were told to evacuate their homes overnight when more than a months worth of rain fell in 48 hours.

Almost six inches fell in a day in some sodden spots on Saturday.

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One part of south Wales, the Brecon Beacons village of Libanus, recorded 182mm of rain in just 48 hours – way above the monthly total for the region of 169mm.

A Met Office forecaster said the Brecon Beacons had seen 150mm (almost six inches) of rain in 24 hours, with lower lying parts of south Wales recording 50-100mm of rain.

Wales usually sees an average rainfall in October of 169.6mm and a monthly average of 121.7mm.

Despite the storms, temperatures have been much higher for this time of year than usually expected during Autumn.

The last time temperatures exceeded 24C at this time of year was in October 2011 when a staggering 29.9C was clocked.


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