Wales

Rain brings flash flooding to Cardiff area

  • 14 August 2014
  • From the section Wales

Torrential downpours have brought flash flooding to several parts of Cardiff and surrounding areas, with a landslip halting trains between Radyr and Taffs Well for a time.

In Coryton, shoppers were stranded inside a supermarket after up to a foot of water built up in the car park of the Asda store.

South Wales Fire Service says it has been dealing with several incidents, especially in Whitchurch and Radyr.

The incidents follow a weather warning.

Arriva Trains Wales said its rail services between Radyr and Pontypridd have now resumed following the earlier landslip.

However, the operator said trains were moving through the area slowly "as a precaution", and passengers could still face delays.

On social media, South Wales Fire Service said it was responding to calls at Bryn Derwen in Radyr to pump out a number of homes affected by flash flooding.

Whitchurch flooded
The scene in Whitchurch in Cardiff at the height of the downpours

"Sandbags have been requested as a matter of urgency for homes and the road surface is starting to lift," tweeted the fire service control room.

At nearby Cae'r Graig, a BMW car was reported to be submerged, with a person escaping from the vehicle.

The incidents follow the the Met Office issuing a yellow alert for rain - warning that the downpours could be intense at times.

Forecasters said Powys, Monmouthshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion were also likely to be affected by heavy rain into the evening on Thursday.

According to the Met Office: "The public should be aware of the risk of localised surface water flooding, with the added hazard of lightning in some areas.

"An unstable and moist flow across southern parts of Britain will provide the basis for some intense showers through today, and with the winds lighter than recent days, these will last longer where they do occur, perhaps producing in excess of 30mm of rain in two or three hours in a few localities.

"But as so often happens on showery days, some places will escape the worst."

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