Flood risk warning after heavy rain forecast in Wales

Image caption This was the scene in the centre of Boverton village, near Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan last Saturday

There are warnings of flood risks across Wales after forecasts of more heavy rain.

Rain is expected to affect south west, mid and north west Wales on Friday night into Saturday, and again on Sunday night into Monday morning.

The Environment Agency is advising people travelling home after Christmas to plan their journey carefully and allow extra time.

Floods hit rail services, roads and properties in south Wales last week.

Rain has been falling across Wales throughout the festive period, and is set to continue into the new year.

Combined with last month's heavy rainfall, the Environment Agency said the ground was saturated and remained sensitive to further rain.

There is currently one flood warning for the River Ritec at Tenby, Pembrokeshire, and seven flood alerts remain in place across Wales.

The agency warned it was likely the rainfall forecast over the weekend would lead to further flood alerts and warnings.

Image caption A landslide in Ystalyfera followed heavy rain last weekend

Last weekend, heavy rain brought:

  • Landslips of thousands of tonnes of rock, soil and trees in Ystalyfera, Swansea valley, with 13 families advised to leave their homes and a road blocked.
  • A landslide causing a wall to collapse and four homes being evacuated in Pontypridd.
  • Flooding in the Vale of Glamorgan, including the rescue of a motorist stranded in her car in a swollen ford in Llancarfan

The agency advised people travelling home after Christmas to plan their journey carefully and allow extra time as driving conditions could be difficult.

Graham Hillier, from Environment Agency Wales, said: "We're asking people to take extra care and to be on their guard as heavy rain is expected to fall across the country and the risk of flooding continues.

"Our officers have been working hard over the Christmas period to keep rivers clear of blockages that could cause flooding to make sure our flood defences remain in good condition.

"We're advising people to be alert to the risk and keep an eye on weather forecasts, local news reports and the latest flood alerts or warnings in their area over the next few days."

The agency reminded people about the dangers of flood waters and warned them not to walk or drive through flood water.

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