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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 December 2007, 19:06 GMT
Road collapse as flooding returns
Mudslide at Port Talbot (picture: Stephen Quick)
Workers at the scene of the mudslide in Port Talbot
Flooding has hit Wales for the second time in days, with the collapse of one road, another closed by a mudslide, and the evacuation of houses.

South Wales Police urged drivers to stay home if possible amid crashes, landslips and cars trapped by water.

Residents were evacuated from their homes in Maesteg when a road gave way, and in Port Talbot after the mudslide.

Forecasters predicted more rain on Sunday, with the possibility of severe gales in south Wales.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said they had flood calls across the area.

Roads in mid and north Wales were also flooded and a woman was rescued from her car on Friday night on the Llandrinio to Criggion road, north of Welshpool, Powys.

Wayne Owen, Boars Head, Pontyclun
We are flooding because they are building on flood plains and there is nowhere for the water to drain off
Wayne Owen, Boars Head, Pontyclun

Among the sport cancelled were Bristol Rovers v Swansea City, all games in rugby's Principality Premiership, and horse racing at Chepstow.

Fire crews were called to a number of flooded properties in Pembrokeshire, and were pumping out homes in several areas after hours of torrential rain.

South Wales Police said every part of the area was affected, and appealed to people to "avoid driving if they can".

The force said Bridgend, Port Talbot, Cardiff and Swansea were worst hit.

The Maesteg evacuation followed the collapse of Llynfi Road. Residents of around 20 homes were allowed to return after a council engineer's assessment.

In Port Talbot, residents of four houses on Ynys y Gored Road had to leave after a landslide into their gardens swept away their sheds.

Flooding in Maesteg
The valley town of Maesteg was one of the worst affected areas

The main road, Ynysygwas Road, was closed and evacuated residents were told they could not return for 24 hours. Householders were taken to the civic offices in the town.

Stephen Quick, who lives close to the Port Talbot mudslide, said water had poured from the A4107 down a steep bank.

'Crushed and moved'

"The side seems to have slipped away and this torrent of mud looks to have gone down into some back gardens," he said.

"At least one shed has been crushed and moved by the force of the landslide.

"The council have been trying to stop the flow of the water and they've been using a JCB digger to erect some defences for the last hour or two.

"The houses affected were only built in 2004 and I can only imagine the mess the mud has made in some of the gardens."

Elsewhere there were reports of floods at Mayals in Mumbles, and in Pembrokeshire at Tenby, Broad Haven and Martletwy.

Flooding near Haverfordwest
Many roads, such as this one near Haverfordwest, have been hit

Wayne Owen, landlord of the Boars Head, called on the fire service to help him pump out water from the cellar before he was due to serve 16 Christmas meals on Saturday night.

"We will definitely be open for business - we have had this before and we have continued," he said.

"This is the third time we've been flooded this year. The cost is going to run into the thousands. It was 3,000 last time.

Insurance company

"We are insured and we have got a good insurance company but it could only be a matter of time before they turn around and say it is costing too much to insure you.

"We managed to save some of the beer for tonight but we're going to have to throw quite a lot of it away.

"The government talks about spending millions on flood defences but nothing is happening around here.

"We are flooding because they are building on flood plains and there is nowhere for the water to drain off."

The railway line between Machynlleth and Shrewsbury, which was closed on Friday because of water on the line, has reopened.

Saturday's problems followed floods on Thursday, when water reaching an estimated 8ft (2.4m) hit some 60 homes in Ystrad, Rhondda, after a culvert became blocked. Roads in mid Wales had also been blocked.


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