Warning of more floods in Wales with heavy rain on way

RSPCA workers rescue sheep from flooded fields near Bangor on Dee Racecourse
Image caption RSPCA workers and fire crews rescued sheep from flooded fields near Bangor on Dee Racecourse, near Wrexham

Heavy rain forecast from Tuesday could cause further flooding, Environment Agency Wales has warned.

Large parts of Wales were affected by flooding last weekend and river levels are still high in north Wales.

Barriers have been installed along the River Dee near Rossett, Wrexham, where the river is expected to peak.

Chris Mills, director of Environment Agency Wales, said: "With the ground already sodden rivers will respond quickly."

Forecasts indicate that more unsettled weather is expected on Tuesday evening and will continue until Friday.

BBC Wales weather forecaster Derek Brockway said 189.4mm (7.45in) of rain had already fallen since the beginning of the month, more than the February average of 138.7mm (5.46in).

Environment Agency Wales has urged people to be on their guard for flooding in their area.

There are three flood warnings in place along the River Dee and there are also three flood alerts in other areas of north Wales.

Over the weekend, the agency issued up to 18 flood warnings as river levels rose across Wales and installed temporary flood barriers and pumped out areas on the Lower Dee at Plas Devon and Almere, near Rossett, Wrexham.

A 52-year-old man was found dead a short distance from his car close to a river near Corwen, Denbighshire, after a search and rescue operation.

He was named as Robert Aled Evans, from Llandrillo. Police said it appeared his vehicle had become submerged.

Mr Mills said: "Although the situation is easing today the Met Office have forecast more rain to fall on Tuesday evening and to continue into the week.

Image caption Residents at Pentre Mawr sheltered housing complex in Abergele, Conwy lost a greenhouse and plants in the storm

"With the ground already sodden, rivers will respond quickly and we could issue some flood warnings.

"We are urging people to keep a close eye on the situation and call Floodline or visit our website for the latest situation in their area.

"It is vital that people keep away from floodwaters at all costs and do not try and drive or walk through them. We have seen the tragic impact that flooding can have this weekend."

Racing at Bangor on Dee on Friday has been abandoned due to severe flooding of the track over the weekend.

Nearly 80% of the track was under water following the weekend's floods.

Course clerk Ed Gretton, said: "We know that it has ripped out two whole fences but we will not be able to assess any further damage until the water has dropped.

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