Heavy rain batters UK flooding homes and roads

Heavy rain has caused flooding in parts of the UK, resulting in some people being evacuated from their homes while flooded streets disrupted travel.

Parts of Wales were worst hit by the bad weather after yellow weather warnings were posted earlier this week.

The flooding became so severe in some areas that the Ceredigion County Council decided on Saturday to evacuate some residents of the Welsh village of Adpar.

At 3pm, an “emergency room” was opened in Llandysul.

However, many residents chose to stay at home or with family or friends, and the local council closed the rest center three hours later.

A spokesman for Natural Resources Wales said the areas hardest hit by the flood warnings are Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, while some people have also been evacuated by the Newcastle Emlyn fire department.

They added that there are also “several flooded lots in both Teifi and Tywi valleys”.

Footage shared on social media showed a swollen river in Pontypridd, while other videos showed flooded parts of Carmarthen where the Towy River had burst its banks.

Malcolm Rees, 54, a Coracle boat builder in Carmarthen, said one of its sheds was submerged in three feet of flood water.

He said his family had used the shed since the 1930s and in his father’s time the river was only flooded once in 1987.

Mr Rees said, “It’s been three out of four times in the past few years.”

He said the flood deposited silt and sediment after it drained, leaving “sludge” “everywhere”.

“Every time it floods I have to get a container and damaged things are put in the container,” said Rees, whose work on the boats is for the heritage.

A local garage and carpentry shop nearby were also flooded.

On Twitter, Carmarthenshire County Council posted information about a number of local road closures and warned people to be careful about “a lot of surface water”.

Floods on railway tracks disrupted the lines between Newquay and Par in Cornwall, Hereford in England and Newport in Wales, and Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.

Parts of the A84 in Scotland have also been flooded, forcing some motorists to drive through the water blocking their path.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said Llyn-y-Fan Blaenau in Carmarthenshire saw the most rain – about 141.6mm – between 9 a.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday.

The average rainfall for all of February in South Wales is 98mm, the Met Office previously said.

On Saturday evening there were 22 flood warnings in Natural Resources Wales, which in addition to 35 flood warnings recommend immediate action, especially in the south of the country.

The Environment Agency had issued 13 flood warnings and 95 flood warnings across England, while the Scottish Environment Protection Agency had 38 flood warnings and 10 flood warnings.

Parts of Callander in Stirlingshire were flooded after the River Teith blew up its banks

The Met Office’s weather warnings end on Saturday evening, with the exception of a wind warning in northwest Scotland, which expires in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mr Snell warned that while the rain would ease in the coming days, it would be some time before the rivers returned to normal.

He said, ‚ÄúSure we’re going to lose this really heavy and persistent rain that some people have seen in the past 24 to 36 hours or so. The worst is almost out of the way.

“Although the rain is gradually easing, it takes a while for the rivers to let up.”


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