Se­vere flood­ing hits ru­ralWales af­ter night of tor­ren­tial rain

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HEAVY flood­ing hit parts of ru­ral Wales yes­ter­day af­ter tor­ren­tial overnight rain.

Dra­matic video footage was cap­tured of ris­ing flood­wa­ter in the Ceredi­gion vil­lage of Tal­sarn, while other ar­eas af­fected in­cluded Lam­peter, Llandy­sul and New Quay.

Chris­tine Dob­son Chabert, who wit­nessed the chaos in Tal­sarn, said: “Yes­ter­day evening at about 9.30pm there was a huge down­pour, and again this morn­ing at about 4am the rain was ham­mer­ing at the win­dows.

“We have a field with our pony in, and half of that is a flood plain and it’s just cov­ered in wa­ter.”

“The ford is just down the hill near the school, which is closed. It has re­ceded about a me­tre but it’s still high.”

An­drew McConochie was on his way to work when he wit­nessed the flood­ing. He said: “I’d driven through Tal­sarn on my way to work about five min­utes ear­lier, and there was noth­ing there. About three miles fur­ther on I came across an­other flooded sec­tion about 50 yards long and about 2ft deep, so I de­cided to turn back and this is what I found in Tal­sarn. So my­self and a few oth­ers were stuck be­tween the two for about 30 min­utes.”

A flood alert was placed on the River Teifi as rain con­tin­ued to fall spo­rad­i­cally through­out the day. The flood warn­ing re­mained in place last night due to a com­bi­na­tion of ground con­di­tions, ex­ist­ing river lev­els and the fore­cast for more rain­fall.

A spokes­woman for Dyfed-Powys Po­lice con­firmed re­ports of lo­calised flood­ing on the A486, A487 and A475 in Ceredi­gion. She added that there were re­ports of stand­ing wa­ter on the A484, while the B4337 was blocked due to flood­ing.

In Car­marthen­shire there was re­ports of flood­ing on the A485 and around Beu­lah.

Mean­while, neigh­bour­ing Pem­brokshire was also af­fected.

A spokesman for the lo­cal author­ity said: “There were re­ports of flash flood­ing in North Pem­brokeshire from St Dog­maels and Aber­cych to Llan­fyr­nach, po­ten­tially af­fect­ing prop­er­ties.

“The prob­lem was linked to blocked gul­lies or drainage sys­tem un­able to cope with amount of rain.”

The spokesman said cars had bro­ken down in Te­gryn due to flood­ing and there was risk of prop­erty flood­ing in Kil­getty and Begelly.

> Flood­ing on the road be­tween Neuadd Cross and Beu­lah yes­ter­day

> Glas­fryn Ford, Car­marthen­shire

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