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Weather chaos: Homes flooded, roads closed and ferry stuck

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Image caption Passengers and crew are stuck overnight onboard the Stena Europe ferry due to the extreme weather

Homes and schools are flooded and trains cancelled after heavy rain across Wales, as police continue to search for a missing man.

Russell Sherwood, 69, of Cilfrew, Neath, disappeared in the Stormy Down area of Bridgend on Sunday.

Search teams found car parts in the river but could not confirm they belonged to Mr Sherwood's car.

A ferry failed to dock in Fishguard and will try again on Tuesday, with 87 passengers and 59 crew stuck onboard.

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Image caption Russell Sherwood was last seen on Sunday

A Stena Line spokesman said the health and safety of passengers and crew was of "paramount importance" and they would remain onboard overnight.

The ferry left Rosslare at 09:00 GMT and should have docked at 12:30 GMT on Monday and an attempt later in the afternoon failed. It is approximately four miles off-shore in the Cardigan area.

Another attempt at docking will be made at around midday on Tuesday - almost 24 hours later than scheduled.

Homes in Maesteg, Boverton, Penarth, Barry, Llanmaes and Pontllanfraith were flooded after between 30-40mm of rain fell from 02:00 GMT on Monday.

Flooding between Bristol Parkway and Swindon has shut the lines, but Swansea trains are being diverted.

The Met Office said gusts of winds could hit 50mph (80km/h) and up to 6cm (2in) of rain could fall over the course of the day.

Great Western Railway said the London to Cardiff service had been cancelled in a bid to reduce delays on the line, with passengers able to switch to the Swansea train which will still call in the capital.

Emergency services are dealing with numerous incidents across south Wales with three schools closed due to flooding.

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Media captionDennis Rees said Storm Angus had caused "devastation"

St Richard Gwyn School in Barry, Llanishen High, Cardiff, and Cardinal Newman, Pontypridd, shut on Monday with fire crews in south Wales responding to 44 flood related calls in less than three hours.

Crews responded to reports a wall of a warehouse had collapsed into gardens in Cathays, Cardiff, and two people were rescued from a car caught in flood water in Leckwith, Cardiff.

A spokeswoman for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service warned motorists not to drive through flood water as the depth could be "dangerously misleading".

In north Wales emergency services were dealing with a large number of flood related incidents on Monday night, with Denbighshire the worst affected area.

In Gwynedd, the A497 is closed in both directions for safety reasons after several trees fell blocking the carriageway between the B4412 (Nefyn) and A499 (Pwllheli).

The A5 is also blocked due to flooding between B4366 Felin Hen Road and Ffordd Bangor (Bangor Road).

North Wales Police have asked motorists to avoid travelling unless "absolutely urgent" due to road conditions.

In Bridgend county, homes in Pencoed and Maesteg were flooded after heavy rain in the early hours of Sunday caused rivers to overflow.

As a result, debris blocked streams and damaged several roads and a number of homes were evacuated in the village of Garth.

Image caption A van driver was rescued from his vehicle at St Clears in Carmarthenshire
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Image caption A car drives down a flooded main road in Llanblethian
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Image caption A digger helps with the clear-up in Maesteg on Monday
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Image caption Rising waters in Skenfrith, Monmouthshire
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Image caption Gardens in Maesteg were also damaged by flooding and high winds on Sunday

The New Inn Bridge at Merthyr Mawr also remains closed following flooding and because of concerns about the safety of bridge.

Bridgend county borough councillor Ceri Reeves, cabinet member for communities, said the council was working "around the clock" to keep disruption to a minimum.

"The extreme weather isn't over yet and our staff are still out there responding to it, but with highway repairs under way, our street cleaning teams have been deployed to clear up the mess that the heavy rains have left behind, and all available resources are being directed at getting things back to normal as quickly as possible," she said.

In Ceredigion, High Street in Cardigan has been closed due to tiles falling from a roof, while firefighters have been dealing with flooding at Cardinal Newman School, in Rhydyfelin, Rhondda Cynon Taff, and Llanishen High School, in Cardiff.

The problems follow heavy rain early on Sunday as Wales was hit by Storm Angus.

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Image caption Storm Angus caused flooding at homes in Maesteg, Bridgend, at the weekend
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Image caption Homes were flooded in Maesteg, near Bridgend
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Media captionThe forecast shows a band of heavy rain will sweep across the country

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Seventeen flood alerts are in place for rivers in south east and south west Wales on Monday.

There are also restrictions in place on the Severn Bridge M48 crossing at Chepstow and the A55 Britannia Bridge to Anglesey due to strong winds, but both remain open.

Stena Lines cancelled its 14:30 GMT sailing from Fishguard in Pembrokeshire to Rosslare, Ireland, due to adverse weather.

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