Wales weather: Warning of more rain and floods

Cars drive through flood water
Image caption Environment Agency Wales says the worst may not be over

There is a warning of further flooding with heavy rain and wind speeds of up to 70mph (112km) on Tuesday.

An amber weather warning is in place by the Met Office for Swansea to Cardiff, particularly Bridgend, where more than 50mm (2in) of rain could fall.

One flood warning remains in place at the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Chester along with 14 alerts affecting rivers and the coast.

Traffic Wales reports flooding affecting several roads in Powys.

And a road in Blaenau Gwent remains closed after a landslip on Monday.

People in parts of west Wales spent the weekend clearing up after torrential rain combined with the melting snow led to many homes being flooded.

But Environment Agency Wales says the worst may not be over.

Forecasters say the rain will spread across from the south west to the north east on Tuesday along with heavy bursts and strong winds with gusts of up to 70mph.

But they also say the week ahead will be mild but wet with temperatures back into double figures after last week's heavy snow.

Traffic Wales reports flooding in Powys affecting the B4393 and A495 between Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain and A490 at Bwlch-y-Cibau.

At Welshpool the A490 is closed due to flooding between A458 / A483, Sarn-y-Bryn-Caled roundabout and B4388 at Kingswood.

And a landslip in Blaenau Gwent on Monday has closed the B4471 between Blaen-Cyffin Road, Llanhilleth, and A472 Hafod-Yr-Ynys Road, Swffryd.

On Monday, Joanne Sherwood from Environment Agency Wales said they had teams out checking the flood defences ahead of the expected heavy rain.

"The weather and the flooding can cause extreme misery for people and damage goods," she said.

Craig Thomas, station manager of the Mid and West Wales Fire Service, said Wales seems to be getting a lot more of this type of weather.

"Over the last three or four years this seems to be happening on quite a regular basis now where a long downpour of rain will hold over an area for quite some time causing significant flooding.

"And, of course, with the snow that we've had over the past week, that was also melting when the rain was coming down and the ground conditions were also very hard, so the water was running off the mountains and hills quite easily as well."

Over the weekend, 11 people were injured after a four-car crash on the M4 between Margam and Pyle in south Wales shortly after a hailstorm.

On Friday night almost 300 calls were received by the emergency services, with Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and parts of Swansea worst affected by the flooding.

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