Stopping motorists getting in too deep
THE Journal has teamed up with the community council in a bid to prevent more cars being caught out by high-tides in the Laugharne foreshore car park.
And with more high waters expected on the weekend, it allows a timely warning for visitors and residents.
Last week we revealed how two cars were caught on the foreshore car park at the monthly peak tides washed onto usually dry land in the shadow of Laugharne Castle.
At least one of the two car owners caught out by the bank holiday weekend flood was local and it is understood the Convertible Mini had to be written off, highlighting how serious the issue is.
It came after another two cars were hit in July.
Now the Journal has linked up with Laugharne Township Community Council to issue monthly warnings when high tides are due to effect the car park.
Council clerk Chris Delaney said the community did all it could to prevent such incidents, but welcomed the extra publicity to help their cause.
"From our point of view it is a great development," he said. "There are four or five large signs in the area and over the past two years we have been pro-active and printing out tide tables, highlighting the ones that are likely to flood the foreshore area and putting them in a prominent position.
"So anything like a partnership with the Journal which will give us some positive publicity is welcomed.
"Laugharne is a great place to visit and we want people to be afraid to call here.
"It's just a question of that half an hour to an hour when the tide reaches a peak.
"The people of Laugharne do all they can when the tide is coming in — some of the children have gone round the restaurants and cafes warning people.
"So everyone in the area is keen to avoid this happening again."
This weekend's tides are not expected to be too serious, but they will wash over parts of the car park — starting with a 7.9m high at around 7pm tomorrow. and finishing with another 7.9m on Monday.
Later this month will see the more severe tides. Between Wednesday, September 18, which will have an 8.2m tide and Monday, September 23, which will have a 7.9m, tides will reach up to 8.5m.