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8 January, 1916   Gale    Another heavy gale was experienced in the village on Saturday causing much damage. The storm lasted throughout the day.

14 October 1916   Storm    During the storm last weekend, the waiting room on the Brecon and Merthyr station, which is in course of erection, was blown down.

2 August 1924   Torrentail Rain   Torrential rain resulted in the choking of the culvert behind the Co-op Stores. The build-up of water caused the collapse of a wall.

3 January 1925   Torrential Rain   Fochriw has experienced severe weather recently. Both mountain and roads have been flooded. Council roadmen have been kept very busy, but no serious damage has been done.

Royal Humane Society Bravery Award

“Merthyr Express” 24 September 1910
Bravery Rewarded: Royal Humane Society's Certificate to Mr. Wat Williams   On Friday evening last, at the Ambulance Hall, Mr. Watkin Williams, Pentwyn, was presented with the testimonial of the Royal Humane Society for the saving of life at Dowlais. A large number were present, the hall being practically full. The chair was taken by Councillor John Jones. The circumstances of the rescue were as follows: On 24th. May, Mr Watkin Williams was 120 yards below the pond when someone shouted "A man in the pond." Williams immediately ran up to the pond, divested himself of his coat, vest, cap and muffler, and jumped in taking with him a crutch which he obtained from a cripple on the bank. Swimming out to the man, he handed him the crutch, which he took hold of, and instead of letting Williams bring him back, he pulled Williams towards him and try to grip him. To avoid being gripped, Williams pushed him off with the crutch and swam back to the bank. He immediately made another attempt  (the man now becoming weaker), and was this time successful in bringing him safely back to the bank. Mr. J. C. Payne brought the case before the notice of the Society, and after a very searching inquiry, granted Mr. Williams a testimonial.