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Homes and roads hit by floods
Flooding on the A470
The A470 is closed at Betws-y-coed due to flood water
Parts of north west Wales are suffering widespread disruption because of heavy rain and severe winds.

In the most powerful storm so far this winter, a number of major roads were blocked including the A470 at Llanrwst, the A55 westbound at Penmaenmawr and the A5 at Capel Curig.

Villagers at Trefriw in the Conwy valley put out sandbags as their cellars started to fill with water.

Winds were expected to reach over 80mph overnight.

The River Conwy has burst its banks at Llanrwst close to where it did in February last year.

Llanfairfechan - A55
Betws-y-coed - Conwy Road
Capel Curig - Conwy Road
Tal-Y-Bont - A487
Dinas Mawddwy - A470
Rhyd-Ddu, Gwynedd - A4085

The flooding is said to be at least as high as last time, when it washed away part of the railway line.

The A470 has been closed in the village because two feet of flood water has made the road impassable.

Two or three properties where householders had placed sandbags outside have still had water go into them.

Meanwhile, the A55 Britannia Bridge and A548 Flintshire Bridge are both closed due to strong winds.

There is also a 50mph limit on the M4 Kenfig viaduct at Bridgend and a 40mph limit M48 Severn Road Bridge.

Elsewhere, refuse collections were suspended in Conwy and Flintshire, due to the closure of landfill sites in high winds.

A school in Queensferry, Flintshire was closed after storm damage.

Structural damage

More than three inches of rain fell between 0000 GMT and mid afternoon Friday in Snowdonia, said forecasters.

BBC Wales weatherman Derek Brockway said the winds would strengthen into Friday evening and there could be some structural damage.

Landfill sites at Buckley and Llanddulas near Colwyn Bay were both closed in high winds, with rubbish collections suspended in Flintshire and parts of Conwy.

A council spokeswoman in Conwy said: "We're aiming to resume collections on Monday, but it will take time to catch up.

Bridges closed

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but the circumstances are out of our control."

Pupils at John Summers High School in Queensferry were sent home because of damage caused to the school by high winds.

Workmen will be carrying out repairs over the weekend to allow the school to reopen on Tuesday.

Powys Council said the A487 Dyfi Bridge was closed due to flooding. Diversions were put in place.

Meanwhile, the A548 Flintshire bridge was closed on Friday night for the second night running due to predicted high winds.

Stena Line's 0245 sailing from Fishguard to Rosslare on Saturday has been cancelled because of expected force seven to nine gale-force winds.

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