Heavy down­pours cause flood­ing and travel chaos

Western Mail - - NEWS - CATHY OWEN Re­porter [email protected]­line.co.uk

TOR­REN­TIAL rain caused flood­ing and dis­rup­tion across Wales. Heavy rain overnight and early yesterday caused travel delays and saw sev­eral roads be­ing flooded.

There were also sev­eral se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents.

A man died af­ter his car crashed on the M4 in the early hours.

A blue Vaux­hall Vec­tra was the only car in­volved in the crash near the Pont Abra­ham round­about in Car­marthen­shire.

The alarm was raised shortly be­fore 4am. Fire crews said the car had hit a motorway sign in the area.

Dyfed-Powys Po­lice said: “Sadly the driver died. His next of kin has been in­formed.”

Else­where, one per­son was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter an ac­ci­dent on the A48 at New­port and po­lice in Caer­philly dealt with a se­ri­ous crash in­volv­ing two cars and a lorry in which a ca­su­alty suf­fered “lifethreat­en­ing in­juries”.

There was se­ri­ous flood­ing on one of the main routes into Cardiff at Capel Llanill­tern.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales had two flood warn­ings and 23 flood alerts in place yesterday.

The warn­ings were on the River Ely at Llanelay and at the River Ritec in Tenby.

A man also had to be res­cued from his ve­hi­cle af­ter it hit flood­wa­ter in Pon­ty­clun.

Bus oper­a­tor Stage­coach Wales said overnight flood­ing was af­fect­ing jour­ney times of ser­vices be­tween Aber­dare and Pon­typridd yesterday.

An el­derly woman raised the alarm af­ter flood­wa­ter en­tered her prop­erty at Llan­wr­tyd Wells.

And the River Conwy burst its banks in the Llan­r­wst area af­ter days of tor­ren­tial down­pours.

Gwydyr Park, which runs along­side the river, was com­pletely flooded, with wa­ter ris­ing to­wards the bot­tom of the Pont Fawr bridge.

High wa­ter lev­els could also be seen around the A487 at Dyfi Bridge north of Machyn­l­leth.

There is also more rain on the way for Wales. To­day, af­ter a mostly dry start, rain will re­turn ac­com­pa­nied by strong winds.

The rain is ex­pected to ease to­mor­row.

Next week looks like turn­ing more set­tled, but colder.

> The lane near Pon­ty­clun where a man had to be res­cued from his car yesterday

> The A48 was closed be­tween Cardiff and New­port af­ter this crash

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