Wales

Flooding: Rail flooding causes transport disruption

Passengers at Cardiff Central station Image copyright Hannah Sterritt
Image caption Rail passengers were stranded at Cardiff Central station as flooding caused chaos on Friday night

Travellers have faced disruption in and out of Cardiff on Friday evening after flooding on railway lines.

Train services to and from Swansea, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Manchester, Rhymney, Ebbw Vale and the Midlands have been hit.

Storm Jorge has battered Wales with 13 flood warnings on ground already soaked by Storm Dennis.

Treherbert in Rhondda Cynon Taff was the wettest place in the UK on Friday with 55.6mm (2.2in) of rain.

The measurement is almost half the average February rainfall in just 13 hours, the Met Office confirmed.

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Image caption Almost all of Cardiff Central services were affected as flooding blocked many railway lines in and out of south Wales

Lines from between Cardiff and Swansea, Carmarthen and Aberdare were blocked because of flooding.

Valley Lines services between Cardiff and Pontypridd, Merthyr and Rhymney were suspended earlier due to flooded track at Trefforest.

Lines between south Wales and Manchester and south Wales and the Midlands were also blocked - both have re-opened with delays.

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Media captionFlooding led to train services out of Cardiff being cancelled
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Image caption Llanharan has been particularly affected by flooding
Image caption Flooded road and sandbags in Oxford Street in Nantgarw

Travellers were warned by rail operators that poor road conditions mean road transport may not be arranged.

Several schools were also closed on Friday due to the poor weather.

The A48 between Newport and Chepstow is shut because of flooding near Penhow castle.

New Adventure Travel Buses was unable to serve Nantgarw, Pontyclun, Brynsadler and Llanharry in Rhondda Cynon Taff and Drope, Peterson-super-Ely and Pendoylan, Vale of Glamorgan.

Image caption A train that had been stuck at Llanharan due to flooding has been sent back to Bridgend Station
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Image caption Flooding at Llanharan has closed the main rail line between Cardiff and Bridgend

Wales is already suffering its third wettest February on record - not including Friday's rainfall - with 246.7mm, more than twice its February average of 110mm.

As well as the 13 flood warnings on rivers - mostly around the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend - there are more than 40 flood alerts across Wales, including along the River Taff which flooded during Storm Dennis.

Image caption A lorry pumps water at Treforest Industrial Estate in Cardiff

A yellow "be aware" rain warning remains in place across Wales until 06:00 BST on Saturday.

The Met Office said fast-flowing or deep flood water could endanger life and the yellow warning indicates flooding is expected and action is required.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it had attended flooding incidents in Tonyrefail and Llantrisant in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Bridgend and Maesteg, Abertillery in Blaenau Gwent, St Nicholas in Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.

Another warning for wind comes into force for 24 hours from Saturday at 12:00 and covers the whole of Wales.

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Image caption A yellow warning for rain could see flood-hit homes and businesses face further damage

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