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Live travel and weather updates as heavy rain causes flooding in Wales – WalesOnline, Walesonline.co.uk

Live travel and weather updates as heavy rain causes flooding in Wales – WalesOnline, Walesonline.co.uk


Heavy rain has caused flooding and road closures around Wales this morning, with flood warnings in place.

The Met Office has issued adouble weather warningfor today as downpours and strong gales are taking hold.

Forecasters have predicted the stormy conditions will threaten to cause power cuts, dangerous floodwaters and travel delays throughout the day.

A wind warning is in effect from 4am to 4pm on Saturday while the rain warning runs from 6am to 10 pm.

The M 48 Severn bridge is closed in both directions to high-sided vehicles and the A 4042 in Monmouthshire was closed because of flooding but has since reopened.

Parts of Swansea and surrounding areas like Clydach and Pontardawe have also been left flooded.

Follow live updates here.

Vehicles abandoned in the road

These vehicles never made it through the floodwaters in Parc Bryn Heulog, Swansea.

(Image: Gayle Marsh)

‘I’ve never seen so much mud’

(Image: Gayle Marsh)

(Image: Gayle Marsh)

Peter Fry, who lives across the road from the Nant Bran Brook, in Birchgrove, Swansea, was woken by firemen telling him to take care as floodwaters cascaded across the road. Mr Fry said:

I was woken by a fireman knocking on the door telling me to be careful when I come out.

I didn’t see the Nant Bran Brook flood but my wife saw it at about five o clock and saw the men working here.

The council keep this drain clear all the time but obviously this time it just overflowed everything.

I have never seen so much mud before.

Rail lines re-open as tree removed

All lines have re-opened between Rhoose Cardiff International Airport and Bridgend.

The fallen tree which was blocking the line has now been removed.

Residual delays are still expected, National Rail say.

Perfect weather for a helicopter ride …

Spare a thought for the National Police Air Service which is flying over Swansea in a helicopter.

But they say the strong winds are not causin g them too many problems.

They’ve shared this picture from their travels …

No matches on here today

The sports pitch at Morriston Leisure Center, in Swansea, looked more like a swimming pool this morning.

(Image: Morriston Leisure Center)

(Image: Morriston Leisure Center)

(Image: Morriston Leisure Center)

Weather causes powercut

People living in the Winch Wen area of ​​Swansea were without power first thing this morning.

Western Power Distribution responded to the powercut in the SA1 area, caused by the weather, in the early hours of this morning.

Power has since been restored to properties.

Update on rail disruption

National Rail has issued the following update on the disruption which is currently being caused to train services.

To and from Treherbert

The line has reopened following flooding at Dinas Rhondda. Residual delays are expected.

Rhoose Cardiff International Airport – Llantwit Major

A tree continues to block the railway lines between these stations.

Trains are unable to run between Rhoose Cardiff International Airport and Bridgend .

Replacement road transport will run between Barry and Bridgend and vice versa calling all stations.

Milford Haven – Carmarthen

Trains may be delayed between these stations.

(Pembroke Dock – Carmarthen)

Some trains will not run between these stations.

Fishguard Harbor – Carmarthen

Trains are unable to run between Fishguard Harbor and C armarthen

Severn Bridge eastbound closed due to strong winds

The M 48 Severn Bridge eastbound is now closed due to strong winds from junction 2 A 466 Wye Valley Link Road (Chepstow) to junction 1 A 403 (Aust).

The bridge is closed heading into England, but heading into Wales at junction 1, traffic is being diverted off to then rejoin to cross the bridge, with lane two closed on the bridge for safety.

Vehicles stranded in floodwaters

Some vehicles had to be abandoned in the floodwaters on the A 4067.

There is now a recovery operation after the flooding receded.

(Image: Gayle Marsh)

Flooding closes road

The A 4067 remains closed at the Glais / Clydach roundabout in Pontardawe due to floodwaters affecting the road.

(Image: Gayle Marsh)

Lots of surface water on the roads

This was the scene at the entrance to the Mond Golf Course in Swansea earlier this morning.

(Image: Gayle Marsh)

Road blocked

Church Road in Llansamlet, Swansea, is blocked due to flooding from the A 48 Peniel Green Road to B 4625 Blawd Road.

Flood alerts in place

Natural Resources Wales has eight ‘flooding alerts’ in place this morning, which warns people to be prepared.

They are in place at rivers Llynfi and Ogmore, rivers Gwendraeths, Upper Tawe, Gower peninsula, river Neath, river Nant-Y-Fendrod and Nant Bran, and south Pembrokeshire.

In North Wales, there is also an alert in place concerning the river Glaslyn and river Dwyryd, from Dyffryn Ardudwy to Nant Gwynant.

Eastern Avenue is closed in both directions

A crash on the A 48 in Cardiff near the Heath Hospital has closed the road in both directions.

Traffic is already queuing while emergency services deal with the incident.

The crash happened at around 10 am on Saturday morning on the eastbound carriageway, between the Gabalfa Interchange and the Llanedeyrn.

‘Approach with care’

There’s flooding on the A 466 southbound around St Weonards in Herefordshire.

Drivers are being encouraged to approach the area with care.

Mud and accident involving lorry blocks road

The A 487 in Bangor is partially blocked in both directions.

This is due to mud being on the road and an accident involving a lorry at A 4087 (Y Felinheli roundabout).

Flood warning

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has issued a flood warning, which it classifies as “immediate action required” in Swansea and Tenby.

In the vicinity of the Nant Bran in Heol-Las and Heol -Las Farm in Birchgrove, Swansea, river levels in the Nant y Fendrod are expected to rise until at least 10. 30 am.

In Tenby, the area of ​​Kiln Park caravan site, the B 4318 road at Clicketts Lane, Gumfreston Road and the minor road Trefloyne Lane are affected.

Water levels in the River Ritec, Tenby, may remain high for several days due to restriction of the tidal outfall and water levels will rise and fall with each tide cycle, NRW says.

‘Vehicles stuck ‘due to flooding

Vehicles have become stuck due to flooding between B 4291 Ynys-Penllwch Road (Glais roundabout) and Tesco Petrol Station in Pontardawe.

(The A) has been closed in both directions.

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Tree blocking railway line

A tree is blocking the railway lines between Rhoose Cardiff International Airport to Llantwit Major, National Rail say.

It means trains are unable to run between Rhoose Cardiff International Airport and Bridgend.

Replacement road transport will run between Barry and Bridgend and vice versa calling all stations.

Elsewhere, flooding is causing delays of up to ten minutes between Gowerton and Swansea

Trains are also expected to be delayed between Milford Haven and Carmarthen.

Some trains will not be running between Pembroke Dock and Carmarthen, and trains are unable to run between Fishguard Harbor and Carmarthen.

Road ‘just passable’

Cecil Road in Swansea is being described as ‘just passable’ in both directions due to flooding from Killan Road in Dunvant to Park Road in Gowerton.

More disruption in Swansea

Ynys-Penllwch Road in Swansea is also closed in both directions due to flooding between A 4067 Glan Yr Avon (Ystalyfera) and B 4603 Pontardawe Road (Clydach).

(M) Severn Bridge closed to high sided vehicles

The M 48 Severn Bridge is closed in both directions to high sided vehicles due to strong winds and restrictions between junction 1 A 403 (Aust) and junction 2 A 466 Wye Valley Link Road (Chepstow).

Speed ​​restriction put in place

A speed restriction of 30 mph has been put in place due to surface water on M4 eastbound between junction (A) Clasemont Road (Llangyfelach) and junction (A) (Ynysforgan).

Traffic is said to be coping well.

Flooding forces road closure in both directions

The A 4042 is closed in both directions due to flooding between the A 40 (Hardwick Roundabout, Hardwick) and Park Y Brain Lane (Penperlleni).

The Met Office weather forecast

This is the Met Office weather forecast for the weekend. The Met Office has issued two severe weather warnings for Wales, for heavy rain and strong winds.

Houses, cars and caravans affected in Clydach

These pictures from Chapel Road in Clydach show cars and caravans sitting in water – people living there say it’s the second time this year they’ve been badly affected by flooding.

Route to hospital closed due to heavy flooding

Heavy flooding has forced the closure of the main access route to Morriston Hospital.

South Wales Police has tweeted the following …

‘Slow moving, heavy rain’ expected

A spell of slow-moving, heavy rain is expected totarget western England and Waleson Saturday.

According to meteorologists, it’s not yet clear which locations will be hit hardest, though 60 mm of rain are possible for some areas.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “There is a lot of uncertainty in where the rain becomes prolonged but some locations are likely to see 15 – 25 mm during the day with isolated totals of 40 – 60 mm possible over higher ground in particular. ”

Downpours may be heavy enough to cause fast-flowing floodwater causing a danger to life, as well as travel delays and power cuts.

A wide swathe of Wales is forecast to be affected, including the following areas: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf., Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham.

(Image: Met Office)



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