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Winter Weather Emergencies

Storm Recovery Updates

21/02/2022 - 11:15 

⚠ Storm recovery update ⚠
Our crews are working hard to clear damage from storms Eunice and Franklin.
ℹ Thomastown and Troedyrhiw parks are now open.
ℹ Treharris remain closed for the rest of this week.
ℹ Cyfarthfa Park will stay closed while there is active bad weather but will be assessed for safety and reopened as soon as it is safe to do so. WellbeingMerthyr will share an update on this as soon as possible.
ℹ The teams are working to clear fallen trees. Please avoid trails, where possible.
ℹ All cemeteries have now been reopened.
Thank you to our amazing crews for all their hard work under extremely challenging conditions!

Storm Franklin Live Updates

20/02/2022 - 13:45

There has been a flood alert issued for the River Taff . For safety purposes, residents are urged to take care if they are out and about and to avoid going too close to the river.

20/02/2022 - 13:30

For the safety of our staff and the public, HWRCs at both Dowlais and Aberfan will be closed from 1.30 pm today as the conditions are getting dangerous. Please check our channels for further updates tomorrow. Thank you. 


20/02/2022 - 12:30

Due to the extreme weather conditions all cemeteries have now been closed. Please check the council’s communication channels for further updates.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Storm Eunice Live Updates

19/02/2022 - 11:00

Merthyr Tydfil parks to remain closed

Due to fallen trees and debris from #StromEunice a decision has been made to keep parks closed until further notice. A cleanup operation is underway and our teams are working hard to make them safe to reopen as soon as possible. 
We'll update you further on Monday. 


19/02/2022 - 10:30


Our cemeteries have been inspected this morning and have now reopened. We ask anyone planning a visit today to be please take care while onsite.

We hope to be able to give an update on parks soon.


19/02/2022 - 08:45

Both HWRCs have been inspected for damage and are open as normal.


18/02/2022 - 15:10

Our teams are currently busy clearing fallen trees and debris so all parks and cemeteries in Merthyr Tydfil will remain closed for the rest of the day.

They will be inspected tomorrow morning for their suitability to reopen. Please continue to check the Council’s social media pages and website for the latest updates


18/02/2022 - 11:20

Waste collections

All collections have been completed for the day. For those that had a collection today, it is advised that you secure your bins as soon as possible. 
Thank you to our amazing Crews for their hard work under very difficult circumstances!

On the basis that the weather improves, all collections will resume as normal on Monday.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

For the safety of our staff and residents, both the HWRC sites in Aberfan and Dowlais have now closed. 
Please continue to check the Council’s social media pages and website for the latest updates.



18/02/2022 - 7:10


Collections are going ahead as normal today, as long as the weather doesn’t deteriorate further.
We are constantly monitoring the situation and will update you if anything changes.


RED Weather Warning for Wales, affecting Merthyr Tydfil, in effect from 7am until noon on Friday (Feb 18). Storm Eunice expected to cause significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds. Please be alert to:

  • All School Closed - February 18th
  • Flying debris resulting in danger to life
  • Damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down
  • Uprooted trees are likely
  • Roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations public transport
  • Power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage

Latest weather information for Friday (February 18) suggests that Storm Eunice has potential to be stronger and more destructive than Storm Dudley, with winds strengthening notably across Wales during early hours of Friday morning, with gusts of between 70-80mph before gradually easing during Friday afternoon.


In the event of any closures or changes to services due to adverse weather, this page will be amended and updated with relevant details and the last update date.

Winter weather of snow and ice can cause disruption to services, transport and affect access to communities within Merthyr Tydfil.

The Highways Department has drawn up a Winter Maintenance Plan which covers Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s response to winter weather, specifically low temperatures and heavy snowfall.

The aim of the plan is to facilitate and coordinate Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s assistance to Merthyr Tydfil’s communities during winter weather.

Take a look and some of the Met Office's Weather Ready tips and advice on how to be prepared for all types of weather.

Contact Us

During regular working hours call 01685 725000.

The Council’s Out of Hours and Emergency telephone number is 01685 385231. 

Social Media

Where you can view all our latest updates, on:

Clearing snow and ice

If you notice a grit bin that needs filling, please use our online form to request a refill.  To find out where your nearest grit bin is, click on the link below.

Grit Bins 2018-19

Recycling and Refuse Collections

During adverse weather conditions, we will continually review the situation in relation to our refuse and recycling collections.

On occasions, collections may have to be suspended. As soon as it is safe to resume our rounds, we will continue with normal collections with catch-ups in between.

Social Care & Welfare Services

If that if you have an urgent or emergency issue, you can contact the Council's Emergency Duty Team 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week on 01443 743665.


In adverse weather conditions, each school is responsible for updating the status of their school.  To access this information, please click on the following link:

Public Transport

For information in relation to public transport, you are advised to contact the relevant companies directly with regards to disruption of services during periods of bad weather.