Flooding closes roads in Conwy and Powys

Flood defences at the Pont Fawr Bridge, Llanwrst, on Saturday Photo: Environment Agency
Image caption Environment Agency staff have been out in Conwy during the weekend

The Environment Agency has urged households to continue to remain vigilant against flooding as heavy rain continues in parts of Wales.

A number of roads are reported as closed or "hazardous" in Conwy and Powys on Sunday.

Up to 50mm of rain fell in Conwy and Gwynedd with the worst weather expected to move south during Sunday.

By 15.55 GMT, there were four flood warnings and six flood alerts.

In north Wales, the Met Office said there would be early heavy bursts before the rain eases and moves southwards.

The heaviest bursts are expected in the hills of mid and south Wales, especially the Brecon and Cambrian mountains.

Environment Agency flood warnings were still in place in the Conwy valley around isolated properties and the Gwydir Road.

Flood alerts were also upgraded to warnings on the A487 at Dyfi Bridge, Pennal and parts of Machynlleth, on the lower Dee from Llangollen to Chester and in and around Dolgellau in Gwynedd.

A flood warning on the River Ritec in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, was stood down.

The Environment Agency said its recently completed flood defence work had helped protect 90 homes in Llanrwst, which would have been at risk from flooding after a "very wet weekend".

Alan Winstone, of the agency, said: "We are very relieved to report that there has been no significant flooding in households in the communities of Llanrwst and Trefriw."

North Wales Fire and Rescue were called to flooding at properties in Bala and Pentrefoelas, including a cafe, on Saturday.

BBC Wales weather forecaster, Derek Brockway said Sunday would see more heavy rain, with the risk of flooding.

"Spring is a long way off but next week will be much drier with some frost and fog patches," he added.

Image caption Flooded land in Llanrwst in Conwy on Saturday

"With strong winds and further heavy rain expected we are continuing to monitor flood risk across Wales," warned Jeremy Parr, from Environment Agency Wales.

"Further flood alerts and flood warnings may be issued and these could remain in place over the weekend and into next week in some places."

He said it was important that people remained vigilant throughout the weekend.

He added: "People should stay away from rivers as they can be very high and fast flowing and avoid trying to drive or walk through any flooding.

"We urge those in coastal areas to be on their guard from big waves caused by very strong winds.

"Our officers on the ground will continue to check flood defences, clear river blockages and install flood barriers where necessary."

The latest flood advice and updates are available on Environment Agency's website There is also a 24-hour information service Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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