Wales floods: Roads closed and trains cancelled

Flooding is affecting road and rail travel in several areas of Wales as emergency services warn motorists and residents to heed weather warnings.

Buses have replaced trains between Holyhead and Llandudno Junction, and some trains between south Wales and London have been cancelled due to flooding between Swindon and Bristol.

Cardiff Bus services on around 20 routes are being disrupted.

Roads affected include the A48 in Port Talbot and the A5 near Corwen.

Over the weekend across the UK more than 800 homes were flooded - mostly in the west of England - and two people died in weather-related incidents.

In Wales, two flood warnings have been issued for the rivers Ritec in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, and Rhyd Hir at Riverside Terrace, Pwllheli, Gwynedd.

A warning also remains in the Lower Dee Valley in north east Wales from Llangollen to Chester.

"Flood defences are now in operation and the situation on site is being constantly monitored," said an Environment Agency spokesperson.

"More heavy rain is forecast this afternoon and overnight which will cause the river to rise further... and some localised flooding problems may result from surface water."

There are also 19 flood alerts in place across Wales, with details being updated on the Environment Agency Wales website.

'Extra care'

In north west Wales, a replacement bus service is taking rail passengers between Holyhead and Llandudno Junction due to flooding.

Arriva Trains Wales, which runs the service, said its tickets were being accepted on Virgin Trains services.

The company said services in south Wales between Barry and Bridgend were running again after earlier disruption.

Meanwhile First Great Western said passengers should check if their service is running before setting out.

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Media captionRob Thomas talks to residents of Llanberis as they clear up after floods

All roads in Gwynedd are open, except the A499 Pwllheli to Llanbedrog.

Gwynedd council also confirmed that the B4366 Bethel to Caernarfon road was open but passable with care as council workmen were pumping flood water away from the carriageway.

On Anglesey, pupils were sent home from Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni on Monday after the school closed, blaming severe weather.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is pumping water from three flooded homes in Merrion, Pembrokeshire, which were inundated by water coming off a nearby road on Monday.

In Wales the heavy rain forecast for Monday has led to a Met Office amber weather warning for Gwynedd and Conwy.

BBC Weather said persistent rain was expected to set in on Monday afternoon and continue overnight.

Between 20-40 mm (0.8-1.6in) is expected widely, with more than 60mm (2.3in) on high ground.

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