Warning as floods hit Milford Haven, Aberporth and Caldey Island
- 29 December 2012
- From the section Wales
Heavy rain has led to flood warnings and dozens of alerts across Wales as fire crews deal with isolated incidents in mid and west Wales.
More heavy rain is forecast to affect large parts of Wales into Sunday.
On Saturday, fire crews in mid and west Wales were called to flooding at Milford Haven, Aberporth and Caldey Island, off Tenby.
EAW is giving regular updates where flooding is expected via its website.
On Saturday afternoon it issued a further warning saying flooding was expected on the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen in Denbighshire to Chester.
Other warnings are in place covering the River Towy at Abergwili; the River Cothi at Pontargothi and Pontynyswen; the Dyfi Valley at Dyfi Bridge and along the A487; and the River Ritec at Tenby.
An earlier flood warning for the Conwy valley was lifted.
There have not been any reports of weather related problems in north and south Wales.
But there have been isolated incidents in mid and west Wales.
In Carmarthenshire, two canoeists were found safe after they overturned in a fast-flowing River Towy at Rhandirmwyn, near Aberdovey.
A fire crew has been using three pumps to remove flood water from the Priory Inn, Lower Priory, Milford Haven.
And officials are discussing what action to take due to concerns about the risk of flooding from a large pool of water surrounding the wider area which is not draining away.
Meanwhile, six firefighters from Tenby, Pembrokeshire, were sent to Caldey Island by boat to assist a volunteer crew of islanders tackling flooding at one property.
HM Coastguard said they were returned by helicopter by 16:00 GMT as rough sea conditions would have made the crossing difficult.
Several roads have also been affected in Powys and Monmouthshire, according to the Traffic Wales website.
In Llangollen, a landslip near the river Dee has forced the heritage steam railway to terminate services at Glyndyfrdwy, part way along its usual route until restoration work can be completed in the new year.
BBC Wales forecaster Owain Wyn Evans said: "We could see some very heavy downpours of rain today which is a concern as the ground is still very wet and river levels have not had time to recover.
"And the Met Office still has a yellow weather warning in force across most of Wales today for heavy rain.
"We could see up to 50mm falling on high ground."
Graham Hillier from EAW advised people to take extra care as the risk of flooding continues.
He added: "Our officers have been working hard over the Christmas period to clear blockages from rivers and make sure our flood defences remain in good condition."
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.
Last weekend, heavy rain caused landslips of thousands of tonnes of rock, soil and trees in Ystalyfera, in the upper Swansea valley.
Families will not be able to return until after the new year.
Four homes were evacuated in Pontypridd after a landslide caused a wall to collapse.
And a stranded motorist had to be rescued after her car went into a swollen ford in Llancarfan in the Vale of Glamorgan.