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School evacuated after flooding
Sandbags are brought into Lampeter after the downpour
A primary school has been evacuated, and homes, pubs, and shops flooded in a Ceredigion town after parts of Wales were hit by downpours.

Pupils were evacuated from Ffynnonbedr Primary School in Lampeter after a torrential downpour in the afternoon.

The fire service pumped water from properties in the town.

In Bangor, the University of Wales Botanic Gardens at Treborth recorded the heaviest shower in 25 years of record keeping: 19.5mm in 15 minutes.

It looked at one stage as if my car would be carried away
Nigel Brown

It said there had been "a tropical downpour".

Curator Nigel Brown said: "To put it in perspective, we only recorded 23mm in the whole of June 2006.

"I realised straight away that it was a heavier than normal shower, it was absolutely torrential.

"It looked at one stage as if my car would be carried away as the rain was bouncing 40cm (15in) off the road."

But the shower was believed to have been localised, and the water evaporated quickly.

However, in Lampeter, homes, pubs and some shops were hit by flooding.

Ceredigion Council said houses on Market Street, pubs in Harford Square, and some shops in Bridge Street had been affected, and it was sending sandbags at the request of the fire service.

Records kept in Bangor show it was the heaviest shower in 25 years

Pupils at Ffynnonbedr were sent home as a safety measure.

Head teacher Huw Jenkins said water came gushing down an incline behind the school after a torrential downpour at about 1430 BST.

Drains were unable to cope and around 3 - 4 in (7.5 - 10 cm) of water came rushing through the school. Flooring and anything in contact with the floor was damaged.

But they had had some warning and were able to move some books and equipment to higher shelves, which limited the damage, he explained.

Liz Jenkins, the head of the infants department, said water had poured through the roof of the school, flooding classrooms.


She said: "I've been here for 30 years and I've never seen anything like it. The rain was torrential."

Mid and West Wales Fire Service said it was pumping water from several properties on High Street and Bridge Street in the town, and still had several more to attend afterwards.

A spokesman for Daniel Davies menswear on the High Street said the water had come "halfway up my leg", but added that he had managed to save all of the stock.

The infants, nursery and Year 3 Welsh of Ffynnonbedr Primary School will be open tomorrow, but the rest of the Junior school will be closed.

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