New flood warning for north Wales in heavy rain

Several areas of north Wales have been told to prepare for flooding, as emergency services advise people to heed weather warnings.

Buses replaced trains between Holyhead and Llandudno Junction, and some trains between south Wales and London have been cancelled due to flooding between Swindon and Bristol.

Forecasters say heavy rain will move across the north of the country.

In the south, a landslip closed the A466 at Llandogo in Monmouthshire.

The A4086 in Llanberis, Gwynedd, and the A5 at Llangollen, Denbighshire, were said to be just passable due to the volume of water on the roads.

The heavy rain forecast for Monday led to a Met Office amber weather warning for Gwynedd and Conwy.

BBC Weather said persistent rain was expected to continue overnight into Tuesday.

Between 20-40 mm (0.8-1.6in) is expected widely, with more than 60mm (2.3in) on high ground.

Firefighters from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called out with rising water causing concern among property owners in Llanberis and Mold, Flintshire.

Over the weekend across the UK more than 800 homes were flooded - mostly in the west of England - and two people died in weather-related incidents.

In Wales, two flood warnings have been issued for the rivers Ritec in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, and Rhyd Hir at Riverside Terrace, Pwllheli, Gwynedd.

Image caption Many areas of Wales have experienced flooding, such as this field at Holt, Wrexham

'Extra care'

A warning also remains in the Lower Dee Valley in north east Wales from Llangollen to Chester.

"Flood defences are now in operation and the situation on site is being constantly monitored," said an Environment Agency spokesperson.

"More heavy rain is forecast this afternoon and overnight which will cause the river to rise further... and some localised flooding problems may result from surface water."

There are also 20 flood alerts in place across Wales, with details being updated on the Environment Agency Wales website.

In north west Wales, a replacement bus service is taking rail passengers between Holyhead and Llandudno Junction due to flooding.

Arriva Trains Wales, which runs the service, said its tickets were being accepted on Virgin Trains services.

The company said services in south Wales between Barry and Bridgend were running again after earlier disruption.

Image caption BBC Weather said persistent rain was expected to continue overnight

Meanwhile, First Great Western said passengers should check if their service is running before setting out.

Gwynedd council also confirmed that the B4366 Bethel to Caernarfon road was open but passable with care as council workmen were pumping flood water away from the carriageway.

On Anglesey, pupils were sent home from Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni on Monday after the school closed, blaming severe weather.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is pumping water from three flooded homes in Merrion, Pembrokeshire, which were inundated by water coming off a nearby road on Monday.

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