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Snow thaw and rain bring floods in west and south Wales

Flooding at the Carmarthen Bay Holiday Village at Kidwelly
Flooding at the Carmarthen Bay Holiday Village at Kidwelly

Melting snow, heavy rain and frozen ground have caused flooding in some parts of Wales.

Mid and West Wales Fire service sent extra appliances to Carmarthen Bay Holiday Village at Kidwelly, where flooding was described as severe.

The reception area and car park were under 2ft (0.6m) of water, but caravans were not affected.

Some roads were closed. In south Wales, properties in Maesteg, Bridgend, Ebbw Vale and Monmouth were also flooded.

The floods came as the Met Office issued severe weather warnings for heavy rain.

The situation was made worse by water running over frozen ground into rivers, and not absorbed by the soil.

Flooding in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff
Melting snow left surface water in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff

In Carmarthenshire, firefighters used wetsuits to pump out water in six properties in Glanmorfa, Ferryside, near Kidwelly.

In Trimsaran, six properties were also severely flooded after water flowed from nearby fields.

There was also flooding in the Dafen area of Llanelli.

Flooding in the area subsided later, and the fire service said they were using half the earlier number of appliances for pumping water.

River levels

Dyfed-Powys Police said several minor roads were closed in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

They included the B4306, Llannon to Hendy, and the B4298-A40, Bancyfelin to Meidrim, in Carmarthenshire.

Other parts of Wales have also seen some flooding, along with increased river levels and surface water as the snow and ice melts.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to properties in Maesteg, along with flooding in the Bridgend, Ebbw Vale and Monmouth areas.

A spokesperson said they were "minor incidents" of very localised flooding with water only entering some properties.

In Cardiff, ducks were seen on the water that had left areas of Llandaff Fields flooded.

The River Taff was also high, with fast-flowing water.

Issuing its weather warning for Saturday, the Met Office said: "Heavy rain will move in from the west accompanied by strong to gale force winds. Rainfall accumulations of 15 to 25 mm are expected widely, with up to 40 mm on high ground.

"With melting snow and ground still frozen in places there is a risk of localised flooding."

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