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Homes and roads hit by flooding

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Aled Scourfield reports on Friday night from Carmarthen on the weather prospects

Homes have been flooded and people stranded in cars as heavy rainfall sweeps across areas of Wales.

More than 20 flood warnings have been put in place, with many further areas on flood watch.

A lane on the original Severn Bridge was closed due to strong winds and restrictions put in place.

West Wales has been particularly badly affected, with fire crews called to flooding in Swansea, Carmarthen and Tenby.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service has responded to a number of incidents, which ranged from people getting rescued from vehicles to flooded houses.

A man inside a caravan in Pen-y-pass, Gwynedd, also had to be rescued by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

He was towing the caravan when the road became flooded so he got inside but it started floating away when the water rose. He was rescued unharmed.

High tides

Environment Agency Wales and the Met Office warned people living along the south Wales coast to be aware of a risk of sea flooding this weekend.

High tides, strong winds and significant wave heights may result in flood watches and possible tidal flood warnings being issued.

Environment Agency Wales reported 23 flood warnings, with further flood watches possible over the weekend for rivers.

Flood risk manager Jeremy Parr said: "We are continuing to closely monitor sea conditions and river levels and our teams have been out on the ground checking flood defences across the country.

"We may issue flood warnings for possible sea flooding along parts of the south Wales coast and possible flooding from rivers across Wales, so urge people to remain vigilant."

The flood warnings reported by Environment Agency Wales include the tidal area at Pendine, the coast between Pendine and Hendy, the coast between St Dogmaels, Cardigan and Amroth, rivers in the Eastern Cleddau catchment, rivers in south Pembrokeshire and rivers in the Taf and Cynin catchments.

A further 48 areas in England and Wales were on flood watch.

An eastbound lane on the M48 Severn Bridge was closed at junction 2, which joins with the A466 near Chepstow.

According to the Highways Agency all traffic was coming off the motorway, around the roundabout and then back on to the carriageway.

These were regular restrictions in case the bridge needed to be closed quickly due to strong crosswinds.

Sandbags

In Pembrokeshire 2,500 sand bags were despatched and fire crews dealt with incidents in Pembroke Dock and Pembroke.

The Gumfreston and Tenby road was closed, as well as Devonshire Drive between Manor Park Wildlife Centre and Tenby.

A tree came down at Kensington Gardens in Neyland and the Cleddau Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles.

The A40 was blocked but not closed in both directions due to flooding on the A478 at the Penblewin roundabout.

A bus had to be towed out of a ditch at Canaston Bridge after becoming stuck. There were no passengers on board.

Many cars were reported to be stuck in flood water and police have appealed to motorists to drive carefully and to consider whether journeys are necessary.

In Carmarthenshire the A484 Kidwelly bypass was closed in both directions, with traffic queuing between Monksford Street and Meinciau Road.

In Caerphilly the A472 was reported to be just about passable in both directions between the A469 to Ystrad Mynach and the B4255 (Caerphilly Road).

In Swansea, the A484 in both directions at Loughor was also just passable due to flooding around the A4240 (Castle Street). There are no reported traffic delays.

Frampton Road was reported to be blocked following flooding near Pen-Cefn-Arda Road.



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