Severe flooding hits ruralWales after night of torrential rain
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.
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