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Monday, 4 February, 2002, 08:29 GMT
Water rises as deluge continues
Abervavenny
Abergavenny is saturated by the River Usk's surplus
Heavy rain and winds which flooded Wales over the weekend may not be over yet, forecasters are warning.

Nine flood warnings are in force around the country and thousands of acres of farmland are under water.

Wales was the worst hit part of the UK overnight on Sunday, with 20 families evacuated from their mobile homes in Monmouth as the River Wye burst its banks, flooding three streets.

Landslide near Abergavenny blocks Heads of the Valleys
The A465 could be blocked for a week
Burst water and sewerage mains hindered efforts to assess Saturday's landslide at Clydach Gorge on the A465 near Abergavenny.

The Heads of the Valleys road could remain closed for a week and many locals have been asked to find alternative accommodation.

Some schools in south Wales have been shut due to flooding and storm damage.

And a fisherman who was rescued by coastguards after being swept off a stone pier into the sea at Porthcawl on Saturday remains in a critical condition at Bridgend's Princess of Wales Hospital.

Rugby fans returning from Wales' fruitless jaunt to Dublin can expect to endure a rough ride once more on their return home.

Meanwhile, a salvage team is due to reboard a stricken cargo ship grounded on the Cornish coast in heavy seas Saturday, causing an oil leak.

Acres saturated

While flooding eased on Sunday, the ground is saturated.

More heavy rain is sweeping south, mid and west Wales on Monday, to be followed by gusts of up to 50mph.

Schools closed
Greenhill Comprehensive, Tenby
Llanfaes CP, Brecon
Clydach Primary, Abergavenny (to Weds

Monmouth councillor David Waring visited the town's Riverside Park caravan site Sunday night to persuade flooded residents to leave.

"The emergency services have been using rubber dinghies to get into the park and collect people," he said.

John Rowlands of the Environment Agency in Wales said: "There is concern about Monmouth itself.

"The peak flow in the River Wye was about midnight and it's remained at that level.

"We are talking about the forces of nature here, but if you compare this incident with previous ones, it is not very spectacular.

"But every individual it affects, it is extremely traumatic for them."

Mr Rowlands encouraged people to check news bulletins and the agency's website for the latest information.

He said sandbags could be used to stem the flow and valuables taken to upstairs floors to avoid damage.

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