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Wales weather: Flood risk as more rain moves in

  • 25 November 2012
  • From the section Wales
Flooded field at Holt, Wrexham
Parts of Holt, near Wrexham, were under water on Sunday

The Met Office is warning of further flooding with north Wales expected to be badly hit by more heavy rain forecast into Monday.

Many places were left under water two days ago and up to 50mm (2in) is expected to fall in the coming hours.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Lower Dee river, which stretches from Wrexham to Chester and Connah's Quay.

Other parts of Wales are not expected to be as badly affected.

The agency has also issued 20 flood alerts for Wales.

BBC Wales weather presenter Sue Charles said: "Where the south of Wales bore the brunt of yesterday's rain, the heaviest tonight and tomorrow is likely to be across north Wales, with totals of 50mm possible by Monday afternoon.

"Obviously, not welcome news, as it falls on already saturated ground and into swollen rivers."

And Deiniol Tegid from Environment Agency Wales said they were "very concerned" about north Wales.

"This rain will be falling on saturated ground, the rivers are already very high and any further rain will exacerbate the problem," he said.

Mr Tegid also added: "The main advice is to please keep clear of any flood water as it's very dangerous."

About 30mm rain fell across Wales on Saturday and after a brief lull on Sunday morning, more arrived in the afternoon and is forecast into Monday.

Clean-up continuing

On Saturday, the agency said heavy rain in south and west Wales could make road conditions hazardous and warned that river levels could rise.

But emergency services said there had not been many reports of problems overnight, with a few houses and roads in south Wales affected by flooding.

However a forecast of more persistent wet weather for Sunday afternoon and Monday has led to warnings of more disruption for areas already affected by flooding.

It follows high winds and heavy rain on Thursday which left homes and businesses flooded, particularly in north west Wales.

Motorists were also badly affected and traffic was brought to a standstill as the A55 near Bangor closed.

The clean-up is continuing and Gwynedd council has put its gritting team on standby.

Members of the public who experience difficulties as a result of the weather can ring the council's contact centre, Galw Gwynedd, on 01766 771000.

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