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Flooding affects homes and trains


Heavy rain has caused flooding and disruption across south west Wales. Homes in Llanelli and the Swansea area have been flooded and train services linking those two areas have been suspended.

Emergency services have helped mopping up after flooding in west Wales following heavy rain.

Homes in Llanelli were hit while a house in Caswell, Gower, was said to have been flooded with water up to 1m (3.3ft) deep.

A 250-year-old tree fell down in Picton Castle's grounds after stormy weather in Pembrokeshire.

Rail services between Swansea and Llanelli were suspended due to flooding near Llandeilo Junction.

Engineers are currently at the scene to determine the damage and carry out emergency repair work.

A spokesperson from Network Rail said: "Our people are working as hard and as quickly as possible to deal with the effects of this extreme weather.

"The atrocious conditions are currently hampering work but we are monitoring the situation closely and look to bring the line back up as soon as possible."

Passengers are advised to contact National Rail Enquiries on or 08457 48 49 50 for information on the changes to their journey.

Fallen tree at Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire
This native oak fell in the grounds of Picton Castle early on Friday

A vehicle was also reported stuck in flood water at Rhosmaen near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire.

Meanwhile, two properties at Glyncoed Terrace in Dafen near Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, were said to have been flooded.

Other incidents were reported in Penclawdd and Reynoldston on the Gower.

Roads have also been affected with the A40 closed in both directions due to flooding between the A483 Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo, and the A4069 in Llangadog, Carmarthenshire.

The A483 Pen-y-Banc Road, which was closed in both directions at Ammanford after a river burst its banks, is now said to be passable.

Dyfed-Powys Police said Trostre Road in Llanelli was closed which meant the only access to Trostre retail park was via the Tesco roundabout, causing traffic congestion.

On the Gower, the A4118 is closed in both directions after flooding between the B4247 Scurlage and Knelston, while Caswell Road is also shut due to a landslip.

A huge tree fell in the grounds of Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire, in heavy rain and wind early on Friday.

The native oak, which stood 24m (80ft) tall, had been planted in around 1760.

Also in Pembrokeshire, a golf event at Newport Links Golf Club was postponed because of water on the course.

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