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Bursting of a Cloud in Cardiganshire.


Bursting of a Cloud in Cardiganshire. A COUNTY BRIDGE DESTROYED. Owing to the destruction of the county bridge at the village of Llanilar through the sudden flooding of the Adal (n Monday, the Surveyor, Mr. Roderick Lloyd, hastily summoned the local members of the County Council to confer with him on the spot on Tuesday morning. The members present were- Messrs Benjamin Jones, Brynda, Evan Richards, Penuwch Robert Ellis and Edward Evans, Aber- ystwyth. Instructions were given to have all vehicular traffic guarded off from the standing remains of the bridge as what remained was con- sidered insecure and dangerous. It is understood that a temporary bridge will be erected forthwith in order to lessen the inconvenience to the in- habitants and visitors as much as possible. The flooding of the river was due to the bursting of a cloud. ANOTHER REPORT. About 2 p.m. on Monday last a terrific thunder- storm broke over Llanilar such as is not re- membered during the last fifty years. The brook Adal which 24 hours previously was scarcely perceptible, so small was its flow of water, assumed gigantic proportions, bearing down huge trees, &c., in its rapid course. The effect of the flood was most noticeable at the mouth of the stream. The timber which was carried down formed a dam under the railway bridge at the confluence of the Adal and Ystwyth and the fast gathering water spread over acres of land reaching within a 100 yards of the railway station. The weight and force of such a large volume of water proved too much for the small bridge and it was swept clean away, only a portion of the upper or east wall re- maining. Having made this outlet the water soon subsided. Fortunately the 2.30 p.m. train from Aberystwyth had passed before the flood began to accumulate, but the train arriving at Aberystwyth about five had to remain at Llanilar. Mr. Lloyd, the stationmaster had promptly advised the officials at Aberystwyth of the accident and a train (with a break down gang) had been immediately sent off to meet the other. A temporary footbridge was thrown across the gap and the passengers and luggage were transhipped" or transferred with very little delay and inconvenience. The goods traffic was held over until Tuesday when early that morning the damage was temporarily made srood and traffic proceeded as usual. About a quarter of an hour later, when the flood was at its height, the dam below the bridge at the village was swept clean away, and the rush of water quickly undermined the foundation of the bridge. First the retaining wall. which was built about 25 years ago. gave way and the blocks of masonry from this wall formed a kind of dam and helped to force the water against and under the foundation. The crowd who had assembled at the approaches were warned to keep back, and no sooner had the people withdrawn to a place of safety than the bridge was seen to totter and began to crumble away until half of the bridge had been swallowed by the greedy torrent. Below we publish a graphic description from the mouths of eye witnesses which will be read with interest. Mr. John Morgan, who lives in the house nearest the bridge said between three and four o'clock on Monday afternoon he was attracted by a rumbling- noise resembling that of distant thunder, and upon going to the rear of his house to know the cause, saw the greatest flood he has ever witnessed in the river Adal during the last thirty years. The noise was caused by stones being carried down by the flood and hurled against the side of the bridge. He noticed a great upheaval of the water as of a gigantic spring at. the point where the large stones had been placed a few years ago for purposes of pinning the foundation of the bridge, and no doubt those stones now did more harm than good. Just before the collapse the roar and vibration was terrible. Had it not been for the retaining wall at the bottom of the garden of Glaanadl, matters might have assumed a most serious aspect, and he questioned if his house, or portions of it, would have escaped. Mr. W. Davies, Llettymoel, said, In common with others I went to see the flood and watch the bridge. It was inevitable the bridge should collapse after the dam below the bridge had been washed away, there was nothing then to prevent the undermining of the bridge and as soon as that took place the catastrophe was a foregone con- clusion. At the request of Mrs. Morris, I went to see how the retaining wall at the bottom of her garden was faring, and although the force of water there was far greater than at the bridge, the wall stood firm, thanks to the dam at the lower end of the wall. But for this wall the gardens and the adjacent stable and outhouses would most probably have received serious injury." Mrs. Morris, Glanadal, said she went after the tropical-like torrents had abated, to view the flood and bridge. The din was deafening and the vibration frightful. It was evident the dam or weir below the bridge had given way and the bridge itself was in imminent danger. Presently the retaining wall above the bridge fell in and dammed the water whose force and weight consequently against the bridge was irresistible. Mr. J. Morgan and Mr. W. Davies warned the people to keep off the approaches as the bridge was tottering and about to fall, and very soon their words proved true, fortunately, however, the collapse was gradual and the debris was swept away as it fell. She remembers such another flood between fiftv and sixty years ago when "Efail Dafydd y Gof" (D. Evans' smithy), which was situate where the retaining wall which first gave way on Monday stood, was washed away and when the first subsidence in the bridge took place, the second subsidence occurred about six years ago. After the former flood a thorough examination of the bridge was made and the dam below the bridge was the result of that inspection. This dam or weir consisted of five wide steps or terraces, the lowest of which was level with the bed of the river at that point. The weir has only once been repaired properly since. Both bridge and weir have been less looked after since the advent of the County Council regime ten years ago. Mr. W. Davies. grocer, whose house is nearly opposite that of Mr. J. Morgan, said, "I was at Aberystwyth when I heard the news and you can imagine my feeling when I tell you that my stable, &c., are situate on the bank of the river close to the bridge. The accident was the inevitable result of the dam being swept away. It was exactly what Mr. J. J. Morris predicted when the foundation of the bridge was pinned up a few years back and the dam not properly repaired at the same time. He was ridiculed for his warning then, but he has the best of the laugh now." Mr. J. J, Morris corroborated the statement made by Mr. Davies and said when he heard the news at Aberystwyth, he had the grim satisfaction that his prediction had been fulfilled. -_u_