Abandoned cars, closed roads and flooding in Wales after thunderstorms and heavy rain


Heavy rain and thunderstorms caused major disruption across Wales as roads were closed, vehicles abandoned and homes damaged in the past 24 hours.

The Met Office launched a yellow weather alert on Tuesday that covered all of Wales between 4 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Wednesday.

The warning urged people to expect winds of up to 80 km / h and heavy rain, which could lead to flooding and structural damage.

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Even before the warning was posted, a number of vehicles stalled while attempting to move through a flooded street in Cardiff city center on Tuesday evening. A car had to be pushed out of the water, and a motorcycle also ran aground.

You can see the footage that was captured from the scene below:

People in parts of Wales woke up Wednesday morning to see torrential rainfall overnight causing damage to homes, flooded residential streets and closed roads, many of which were impassable due to flooding.

Swansea’s Ystrad Road was closed before 7 a.m. while one lane of the M4 between Exit 43 Llandarcy and Exit 42 Swansea East and the city’s Fabian Way was closed due to heavy rain.

Meanwhile, a section of the A48 further west in Carmarthenshire was closed due to flooding between the Pont Abraham roundabout and Plas-y-Fforest near Hendy.



Heol Las in Swansea on Wednesday morning

The M48 Severn Crossing was closed in both directions due to high winds and a section of the A474 Cadoxton Road in Neath was closed in both directions.

At 8:15 am there were four flood warnings across Wales issued by Natural Resources Wales. They concerned the river Gwendraeth at Pontyberem, the river Gwendraeth at Pontyates and Pont Henri, the river Dafen at Trostre, Llanelli and the Ilston Brook at Gower.

Flooding was also seen at Ffordd Cynore in Fforestfach, while residents in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire were also affected, just two weeks after the community gathered to save a number of homes after another torrential rain.



Flooding in Swansea on Wednesday
Flood in Swansea on Wednesday



The scene in Fforestfach on Wednesday morning
The scene in Fforestfach on Wednesday morning

Meanwhile, in Cardiff, a woman was rushed to hospital after being knocked over by a fence blowing in high winds. The incident took place on Heathwood Road, which was cordoned off by police for several hours.

The woman was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff by ambulance with head and leg injuries.



Police and Fire Brigade on Heathwood Road in Cardiff after a woman was hit by a fence
Police and Fire Brigade on Heathwood Road in Cardiff after a woman was hit by a fence

In Clydach, a paramedic came home on Wednesday morning after a night shift and found her house threatened by flooding.

Vicky Bonham-Morgan, 53, said she was now “afraid” of what the future holds and what might happen the next time the area is hit by heavy rain, adding that she will be calling herself for “this time happy “.



Vicky Bonham-Morgan and her 15 year old Labrador
Vicky Bonham-Morgan and her 15 year old Labrador



Vicky has set up sandbags around her house
Vicky has set up sandbags around her house

On Tuesday, before the yellow warning went into effect, a pet Labrador plunged into a fast flowing river near Llangennech, Llanelli.

Geraint Thomas of the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Luckily we were able to recover the dog from the river bank with sticks and wading gear. We ask those who walk dogs to be very careful near river banks and waterways. Due to the rain we have had in the past few days, the water flows quickly and is very dangerous. We were able to help on this occasion, but such an incident could easily result in tragedy. “

The service added that they had seen a “spike” in flood-related calls during the period, calling a number of crews on incidents in South Carmarthenshire and Swansea.

On Wednesday evening, there are still amber flood warnings in the towns of Nant-Y-Fendrod and Nant Bran in Birchgrove, near Swansea Enterprise Park, and in the northern Gwynedd catchment area from Abergwyngregyn to Aberdaron.

As for the rest of the week, it seems that the worst of the wet and windy weather in Wales may luckily be behind us for now. According to the Met Office, the nationwide forecast for the rest of the week is as follows:

Wednesday night: The showers will fade away tonight, leaving many areas dry by midnight. In the early hours of the morning, however, a band of rain spreads southwards before dissolving again at dawn. Minimum temperature 6 ° C.

Thursday: A colder but drier Thursday day with lots of sunshine, especially in the morning. However, some showers will develop, especially in the northern and western parts of the country. Maximum temperature 12 ° C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday: On Friday it is cold again with a few showers. It then gets milder if we drive all weekend, and the rain spreads through Sunday, accompanied by stronger winds.

However, Storm Aurore will bring winds of up to 110 km / h and heavy rain to parts of the UK on Wednesday night.

The Met Office’s French equivalent has said that Aurore will bring harmful winds through the English Channel.

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