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Floods hit homes, roads and rail
Car on flooded road
A car on a flooded road near Machynlleth, Powys
Heavy rain and strong winds have brought flooding disruption to several parts of Wales.

The South Wales Fire Service received around 140 calls to floods in the Rhondda area in five hours. They said around 60 homes were flooded.

Roads were closed and trains delayed due to the weather and flooding. There are 12 flood warnings still in force.

A woman walking in Gower was rescued by coastguards after losing her way in the poor conditions on Thursday evening.

The Environment Agency Wales said the warnings were mostly on the rivers Ely, Severn and Wye. There were also 29 flood watches in force.

The agency's flood warning system consists of three codes, flood warning being the second highest with the flooding of homes and businesses being expected.

Flood watch warning is the least severe warning.

Heavy rain

A severe weather warning for Wales was lifted on Friday morning although heavy rain is forecast for the weekend.

The second Severn crossing remained closed both ways due to strong winds at around 0500 GMT on Friday.

Newtown flooding
Clarach Bay
Dyfi Valley and Machynlleth
River Ely at Peterston super Ely, St Fagans, Ynysmaerdy industrial estate, Lanelay, Talbot Green, Pontyclun and Maes y Felin
River Severn from Caerhowel to Trewern, Glandulais to Caerhowel inc Newtown, Llandinam to Glandulais inc Caersws
River Taff at Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff
River Wye at Builth Wells and Glasbury
Source: Environment Agency Wales

A number of roads were closed due to flooding on Friday morning.

These included the A470 in Llanidloes, Powys, the A4046 near Tesco in Ebbw Vale, the high street and Station Road in Treorchy, Hopkinstown Road in Pontypridd and Highfield in Maerdy.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said that between 1800 and 2300 GMT on Thursday they received around 140 calls to flooding incidents in the Rhondda area.

But around 60 homes were flooded before fire crews could reach them, said the service.

The areas most severely affected were Ystrad, Treorchy, Pentre, Pen Rhiwfer, Porth and Trehafod.

Home evacuated

At the height of the incidents, 10 major pumping appliances and three 4x4 appliances were used to deal with flooded properties and divert flood water, said the fire service.

A leisure centre was placed on stand-by in case evacuations were needed from homes in River Street in Ystrad.

Councillor Eudine Hanagan, cabinet member for emergency planning at Rhondda Cynon Taf council said: "Staff from a number of our departments worked throughout the night and it is all hands to the pump again today to ensure we deal with any situations that remain."

The North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said they had received 68 calls regarding flooding-related incidents over the course of four-and-a-half hours on Thursday evening.

In Conwy, crews helped evacuate residents in a residential home to the first floor of the property in Pandytudur, Llanrwst and pumped water away from the building.

On Anglesey, crews pumped water away from two houses in Bwlchyfedwen, Dwyran. Reports were received of 10 inches of water in the area.

The worst affected areas in Flintshire were Mold, Pontblyddyn, Leeswood and Mynydd Isa, said the fire service.

In Denbighshire, crews were called to a road flooded at Nantglyn, near Dinbych.

Areas affected in Gwynedd included Bangor, Llanllechid, Gerlan and Mynydd Llandygai.


Swansea coastguard said a walker was rescued on Thursday evening between Rhossili and Llangennith after losing her way.

She was able to make a 999 call and sheltered behind a stone on Rhossili Hill at around 1800 GMT on Thursday, and a coastguard team found her about 90 minutes later.

A rescue helicopter was scrambled but it was subsequently stood down before arriving at the scene.

Coastguard said she was very wet and cold but otherwise okay.

They warned people not to go out in the bad weather but that if they did to ensure they had appropriate clothing and equipment

Despite the woman being very close to buildings she was unable to point out where she was, they said.

Mid Wales Fire and Rescue Service said they had received some flood-related calls in Powys and Llanidloes was probably the worst affected.

Dyfed Powys Police said the Dyfi Bridge in Machynlleth was closed and they warned drivers to look out for standing water and to drive with care.

A replacement bus service was running on Arriva Trains Wales' service between Shrewsbury and Machynlleth because of flooding.

A normal service was not expected to resume until 1400 GMT.

Floods on the A470 a few miles north of Brecon caused long tailbacks at around 1900 GMT on Thursday.

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