Wales weather: Flooding hits west, snow in the north

Floodwater on the road in Llanddowror Floodwater on the road in Llanddowror, Carmarthenshire after heavy rain swept in on Friday night

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Flooding has hit many parts of west Wales, with the emergency services dealing with nearly 300 calls, while snow has affected the north.

Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Swansea all had floods, and there were smaller incidents in south east Wales.

Three flood warnings which were in force on Saturday morning have been removed, but six flood alerts remain, says the Environment Agency.

Snow particularly hit north east Wales on Friday night but most cleared later.

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The Met Office had issued a yellow "be aware" alert for ice in eastern areas on Saturday morning following warnings of snow overnight.

But forecasters also warned that heavy rain later in the day, coupled with a rapid thaw in rising temperatures, may cause more localised flooding, accompanied by strong to gale force winds.

On Friday night fire crews in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire said they were inundated with calls.

They were called to flooding in Whitland in Carmarthenshire and Narberth, Haverfordwest and St Davids in Pembrokeshire, among many others.


A pub flooded at Solva, Pembrokeshire

Josh Phillips, landlord of the Ship Inn, in Solva, Pembrokeshire: "It started coming the main street, so we put all the flood gates up, put in towels and sandbags and everything the other side, and it just started coming in through the back doors, through the front doors, through the restaurant door, everywhere.

It didn't matter what we did. I had to get laundry from the bed-and-breakfast and try and stop it with that. It's all just completely soaking through the whole pub. We're ripping the carpets out this morning.

Quite a few customers helped out and the band kept playing until their normal time. Then we were trying to get out a pub full of people into what was, essentially, a river. The main road had become a river by that point.

We had to have three or four chairs as stepping stones, holding people up and passing them on to a chair to get them out. It was an absolute nightmare.

It was probably about a foot deep on the road, and we're a foot-and-a-half below road level."

Mid and West Wales Fire Service said about 60 properties in Solva were threatened by a burst river.

Firefighters said the water was up to 3ft deep, and some properties were flooded.

Station manager Craig Thomas was one of about 25 firefighters dealing with flooding problems after heavy rain arrived, and he was called to Solva about 21:00 GMT.

He said: "The River Solva burst its banks at about 10.30pm, affecting or threatening about 40 to 50 properties.

"Crews from St Davids, Haverfordwest and Milford Haven were in attendance.

"We helped by trying to divert the floodwater.

"The river levels dropped at about 1.30am and we were able to pump a lot of floodwater away."

County councillor Lyn Jenkins in Solva said she had driven back from Fishguard in the worst conditions on the road she had seen in 43 years.

"Some of the road was totally under water," she said.

Dyfed-Powys Police received dozens of calls, including reports of roads becoming impassable due to flash floods and one of a stranded driver.

The Environment Agency had issued three flood warnings for Wales: the rivers Mawddach, Wnion and the town of Dolgellau; the river Cynin at St Clears, and the river Hydfron at Llanddowror, but they were later removed.

Floodwater surrounds a house in Llanddowror Floodwater surrounds this house in Llanddowror on Friday night

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service received a number of flooding calls to Merthyr, Bridgend, Pontypool, Tredegar, Cowbridge and Treorchy.

In North Wales, there were minor flooding incidents in Dolgellau.

Stagecoach said most of its services in south east and mid Wales were running, but some had been affected.

A car is surrounded by flooding in Llanddowror A car is caught in the flooding in Llanddowror

The Met Office said in its ice warning: "Following clearance of snow or rain, icy stretches will form in many areas, particularly on untreated surfaces. The public should be aware of possible hazardous conditions early on Saturday."

The rain is expected to clear, leaving Sunday windy with a mixture of sunshine and showers.

In north Wales, snow was the problem. Some roads such as the A470 Crimea Pass between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Dolwyddelan were impassable as snow fell during the evening rush hour.

Other problems were reported in the north east of the country.

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