Floods: North Wales Police travel warning after rain

Motorists and train passengers in north Wales have been urged not to travel unless necessary after several areas of the country were hit by flooding.

North Wales Police issued the warning due to surface water on roads from heavy rain, while Arriva Trains says services have also been disrupted.

A driver was helped to safety after being stuck in water at Llanfynydd, between Wrexham and Mold.

The Environment Agency has over a dozen flood alerts in operation in Wales.

A North Wales Police spokesperson said: "Due to the levels of surface water on the roads, North Wales Police are urging motorists not to make unnecessary journeys.

"If you have to travel please keep your speed down - make sure you take account of the difficult driving conditions."

Arriva Trains Wales said there was severe disruption in the mid Wales, Wrexham and Shropshire areas and journeys should only be made if essential.

Its Chester to Crewe, Shrewsbury to Cardiff, Shrewsbury to Holyhead, Shrewsbury to Manchester, Swansea to Cardiff and routes west of Swansea were all affected.

The train company urged travellers to use its online journey checker service to keep abreast of the situation.

A spokesperson said: "We have extensively sought to provide rail replacement, but due to road closures associated with flooding, only a limited number of companies have been able to supply buses".

Image caption Pallets were brought in for stray dogs at North Clwyd Animal Rescue after kennels flooded

It comes after a band of heavy rain hit the country on Sunday and continued into Monday. Strong winds and stormy conditions are expected to spread elsewhere this week.

The Environment Agency said the wind and rain could lead to localised flooding from blocked drains and streams.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service say they have dealt with 28 flooding-related calls since 09:30 BST, relating to 19 incidents involving properties, mostly in the Flintshire area.

Stray dogs

They included a motorist helped to safety in Llanfynydd, and about 70 stray dogs had to be put on wooden pallets at North Clwyd Animal Rescue in Trelogan, near Holywell, after it flooded.

Crews have also dealt with calls about surface water in Deeside, Mostyn, Buckley and Mold.

In Monmouthshire, firefighters were called to properties in Mounton, Chepstow and Jordan Way, Monmouth, which had flooded due to blocked gullies.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service dealt with two flooding incidents in Powys on Monday morning, involving properties in Llanbrynmair, near Machynlleth, and Welshpool town centre.

The Environment Agency has issued over a dozen flood alerts including Elwy and Gele catchment, Bangor on Dee and the Upper Dee Valley from Llanuwchllyn to Llangollen including Corwen; Pontblyddyn, near Mold, and Mawddach and Wnion catchment in Gwynedd.

The Clwyd catchment from Clocaenog to Rhuddlan; the Upper Severn in Powys; Rossett (parts of the village near Alyn Bridge, including Station Road); Vyrnwy catchment (Afon Vyrnwy, Afon Tanat and Afon Cain and their tributaries); Conwy catchment, from Dolwyddelan to Conwy; Dyfi catchment (from Dinas Mawddwy and Llanbrynmair to the estuary, including Machynlleth); Alyn catchment (areas around the river Alyn from Llandegla to Rossett) are also on alert.

On Monday morning the agency said there had been a steady increase in river levels in south east Wales, but all were below the point of flooding.

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