An articulated lorry has made an unwise move this evening (January 4) and managed to get stuck in a ditch on the outskirts of Tenby, with flooding still causing major disruption to routes in and out of the seaside town.

A flood warning remains in force for the River Ritec in Tenby, with the road outside Kiln Park caravan site remaining closed this evening (January 4).

With diversions in place, a lorry has seemingly taken an ‘unwise’ route to try and get around, becoming stuck on Trefloyne Lane in Penally this evening.

“Don't for a minute think anyone would be stupid enough to try and get up Trefloyne Lane at the moment with the floods, but if you are, you won't get far as there is an articulated lorry in the ditch half way up!” said local resident Nick Joseph, who shared this video on social media, describing how the lorry came via St Florence, and “takes out all the ditches on the lane” creating a “massive mess” before getting well and truly stuck in the mud!

“Will be there for a few days I would expect, stay wise people!” he added.

Police have urged motorists in Tenby to abide with the road closure in place outside Kiln Park after receiving a number of complaints that drivers are ignoring the signage and attempting to travel through and around the floodwater.

An emergency full road closure was put in place outside Kiln Park on Tuesday evening and along Marsh Road, with routes through to Penally and Gumfreston shut off.

With the floodwater rising and spreading across the road, the road still remains shut, with diversions in place via Devonshire Drive and the Ridgeway for motorists.

The B4318 road at Clicketts Lane, Gumfreston Road and the minor road Trefloyne Lane also remains closed-off.

Kiln park road shut
(Observer pic)

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We have received a number of complaints regarding motorists contravening the road closures along the A4139 by Kiln Park, which were implemented for public safety following the unprecedented, localised flooding in the area.

“Motorists have been driving along grass verges, pavements, and driving into the heavily flooded area.

“This necessitates emergency service call outs, using valuable, limited resources which are needed elsewhere.

“Please abide by the road closures and use the diversions put in place,” they added.

A spokesperson for Natural Resources Wales said: “The level of the River Ritec is no longer rising but remains significantly high, and will remain high for several days.

“The Severe Flood Warning has been removed as evacuation of the Kiln Park caravan park has taken place and road closures are in force.

“Flooding is extensive within Kiln Park and some roads in this area are closed or affected by floodwater.

“There have been reports of raw sewage in the floodwater and cautions should be taken to avoid contact with the water.

“Although the weather forecast shows an improving situation, the saturated catchment of the River Ritec will take several days to drain and therefore further disruption is to be expected,” they added.