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Storms continue to batter Wales
Fire crew pumping out floodwater at Pontyclun
Fire crew pumping out floodwater at Pontyclun on Saturday
Heavy rain and strong winds are continuing to sweep Wales, particularly in the south of the country.

Winds have been measured at 70mph at Mumbles in Swansea.

Surface water and localised flooding continued to cause some problems, and a 50mph limit was imposed on the M4 westbound between Newport and Magor.

On Saturday, 20 families were evacuated after flooding led to the collapse of a road in Maesteg, but they were later allowed to return.

The A490, near Mid Wales Airport at Welshpool, Powys, was closed both ways due to flooding.

There was also surface water on the M4 westbound stretch between J23 at Magor and J28 at Newport, with the speed limit was restricted to 50mph.

There is also a 40mph limit on the M48 Severn Bridge both ways because of winds.

Lisvane Road in Cardiff is partially blocked due to a collapsed manhole.

Mudslide at Port Talbot (picture: Stephen Quick)
Workers at the scene of the mudslide in Port Talbot

Rail passengers travelling Cardiff and Rhymney are also experiencing problems with delays because of flooding at Llanbradach, north of Caerphilly.

All Irish Ferries swift ferry sailings have been cancelled between Holyhead and Dublin, although there is a normal ferry service on the route. The 1430 Irish Ferries service between Pembroke and Rosslare was cancelled.

The Maesteg evacuation on Saturday 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.

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.

"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."

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.

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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