Hundreds of pupils were forced to stay home today after storms ripped off the roof of their Llanelli school and roads around the area remained blocked off.

The full scale of the mess wreaked by Storm Barra could be seen today as the exposed roof at Ysgol Bryngwyn blew around in the breeze.

Police had to keep the area around the Dafen Road school clear overnight as debris from the building was hurled onto the road.

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A spokeswoman for Carmarthenshire Council indicated the aim of the school closure today was to assess the scale of the problems.

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She said: “High winds have caused damage to part of the roof at Ysgol Bryngwyn in Llanelli at approximately 4pm on Tuesday afternoon.

“Most pupils had already left the school premises at the end of their school day - nobody was injured and all those still on site were evacuated calmly. The school was closed on Wednesday so that a full assessment of the damage can be undertaken when conditions improve.”

The gates of the school were shut on Wednesday following the damage

But further bad weather on Wednesday derailed the chance to assess the roof.

In an updated statement, Ysgol Bryngwyn, which is attended by around 800 pupils, underlined that the school closure would remain in place all week and said: “We would like to update you further in relation to the damage caused to the school roof in Tuesday’s storm.

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“Due to the continued high winds on Wednesday it has not yet been possible to carry out a full assessment of the damage, however this is being treated as a priority by Carmarthenshire County Council.

“I am sure you will appreciate that we have to ensure the school site is safe for all, therefore we have taken the decision to close the school site for the remainder of the week to allow further assessments to take place. Pupils will be able to access lessons and work through Google Classroom during their timetabled lesson times on Thursday and Friday."

Debris flew off the roof during the storm, and although the road has been cleared, closures remain in place around the site for safety reasons as high winds continue to batter Wales

The statement added: “We will continue to communicate further information as soon as we are able. We would kindly ask you to monitor the official school website or social media for updates as well as the Parent app for those who are subscribed.

“The Governing Body would like to thank all of the emergency services and Carmarthenshire County Council for their fast and effective support in ensuring the safety of our pupils, staff and the local community.

“If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch via [email protected] or call 01554 750661. Alternatively for any queries on online learning, pupils are able to contact their teachers directly through Google Classroom.”

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