Flood alert after rain forecast in south Wales

Talybont, Ceredigion. Photo: Elaine Rowlands
Image caption The clean-up is still continuing after floods in parts of mid and north Wales two weeks ago

People are being warned overnight heavy rainfall across south Wales could cause localised flooding.

Environment Agency Wales said widespread rain, which could be heavy in the south east, may lead to standing water on road surfaces.

Localised flooding from drains and small streams could also be a problem but the risk of flooding from larger rivers is low.

It added that the unsettled weather is set to continue over the next few days.

The agency said there could also be heavy rain across north Wales on Friday.

"We are monitoring this closely in case of further disruption," it said.

"Care should be taken as driving conditions may be hazardous, and people should listen to traffic reports for advice and for any disruption locally."

BBC Wales meteorologist Derek Brockway said the Met Office had issued yellow warnings to alert people to the heavy rain.

"The heaviest rain tonight is expected in the south east of the country where around 40mm could fall in places," he said.

"While on Friday the north and northwest and Ceredigion are at risk from heavy, persistent rain which could lead to localised flooding.

"Some rivers will likely become swollen again. The wind will be an issue as well on Friday, fresh to strong with gusts 45 to 50mph on exposed coasts and hills."

Flood damage

The latest weather alert follows the devastating floods that hit parts of mid and north Wales earlier this month.

Aberystwyth and nearby villages such as Talybont, Dol-y-Bont and Llandre were badly affected, while parts of Ceredigion were hit by 5ft (1.5m) of flood water.

Some families say they may be out of their homes for up to nine months while the damage is repaired.

Environment Agency Wales has urged the public to keep up to date with the latest flooding information, through news broadcasts, its dedicated Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or through its website .

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