Floods in Wales

After the flooding that struck in Cardiff, the Welsh capital, over the weekend, Wales is still seeing plenty of heavy rainfall and there are currently 5 flood alerts and 1 flood warning for the region, according to the UK’s Environment Agency.

Further heavy rainfall has been forecast after parts of Cardiff were left under 5cm of flood water over the weekend. The UK’s Met Office has also forecast that high pressure currently to the north of the UK may well bring heavier than average rainfall for a long period.

The flood warning is in place for the River Hydfron at Llanddowror.

The 5 flood alerts are for:

  • Rivers in the Tawe catchment including the Twrch
  • Rivers in the Loughor and Amman catchments
  • Rivers in the Gwendraeth Fach and Gwendraeth Fawr catchments
  • Rivers in the Taf and Cynin catchments
  • Swansea Bay and the Gower peninsula coast between Pontardulais and Llantwit Major

The Evironment Agency website says that rain is forecast to continue until 15:00, and further heavy rain is expected overnight. The combination of ground conditions, existing river levels and forecast rainfall quantities gives a high risk of flooding of low-lying land during the next 24 hours.

See the Environment Agency website for further details.

Flooding in Cardiff

Cardiff saw flash floods hit on the afternoon of Saturday, 19th October. Areas of the city affected included Pentrebane, Llandaff, Roath, Cathays, Ely and parts of north Cardiff, according to the BBC. Roads and shops were flooded, and in some parts, traffic was brought to a standstill.

The flooding in Wales comes just over a week after it was announced that £20m was to be spent on improving flood defences. The BBC said:

Flood defence improvements to help protect more than 2,000 homes and businesses vulnerable to flood risk in Wales have been unveiled. The £20m works will be carried out at Cardiff, Newport and Swansea as well as tidal embankments along the Severn Estuary.

In Cardiff, £6m is to be spent on developing tidal defences to reduce flood risk for 387 homes, 52 businesses and the fire station in the Roath area of the city.

Sources: Wales Online; BBC