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Misery as clear-up continues
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Emergency services worked through the night
Householders in north Wales have been continuing their clear up after floods and high winds.

Many in the Conwy Valley were hit for the second time within a year.

Homes in Trefriw and Llanrwst were badly affected on Saturday when the Conwy River burst its banks.

Many of those waking up on Sunday to the task of rebuilding their homes were hit by severe flooding last February.

Heavy rain was expected to continue through the day in Conwy and Gwynedd.

The area which was worst affected by the weekend storms was along the main street in Trefriw.

Many villagers there had only been back in their properties a few months, following the completion of expensive repairs.

Many householders are angry that flood defences along the banks of the river Conwy failed in the way they did last year.

The Environment Agency said the two floods were highly unusual, but flood defence measures would be reviewed.

However, some householders have complained they face financial ruin after being hit so badly by flooding twice within the space of a year.

The storms meant many people in north and mid Wales were without electricity or telephone supplies.

Many roads were closed or had speed restrictions
On Saturday, extra resources had to be brought in by Scottish Power-Manweb after 10,000 customers lost power.

By Sunday that number was down to 1,800.

At the height of the bad weather, gusts of 81mph were recorded in Swansea Bay. Around the Conwy Valley floodwaters reached more than four feet deep.

In many parts of the UK, police and rescue services warned people to stay indoors unless travel was absolutely necessary.

Off the Lleyn Peninsula, there was a gust of 102mph recorded, and wind speeds of 81mph in other parts of north Wales.

Damage amounting to tens of thousands of pounds was caused to homes.

In the Conwy Valley, where the river burst its banks, a section of the railway line was washed away, months after 1m had been spent on repairs following earlier floods.

On Anglesey, the A545 was been closed between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris because of fallen trees.

sandbags and flooding
Gwent Police said the old Seven Bridge was closed in the early hours of Saturday, and a 50mph limit was also in force on the Second Severn Crossing.

South Wales Police said some disruption had been caused on the M4 because motorway signs had been blown on to the carriageway.

A 50mph speed restriction was placed on the M4 from Pyle to Swansea because of high winds.

The Environment Agency Wales said 162mm of rain fell at Cwm Dyli, in Snowdonia in 24 hours.

The north of England and Scotland were among the worst-hit parts of the UK.

Police in Cumbria were warning of treacherous conditions on the roads, with overturned lorries on the M6, which is closed southbound at junction 43.

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