Heavy rain batters UK causing floods and disrupting travel across the country

Heavy rain has caused flooding in parts the UK leading to some people being evacuated from their homes while flooded roads disrupted travel.

Parts of Wales have been some of the worst affected by the bad weather after yellow weather warnings were put in place earlier in the week.

The flooding became so bad in some areas that Ceredigion County Council made a decision on Saturday to evacuate some residents in the Welsh village of Adpar.

An “emergency rest centre” was opened at 3pm at Llandysul.

However, many residents chose to stay at home or with family or friends and the council closed the rest centre three hours later.

A spokesperson for Natural Resources Wales said the areas most affected by the flood warnings were in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, while some people were also evacuated by the fire service in Newcastle Emlyn.

They added that there are also “multiple flooded properties in both the Teifi and Tywi Valley”.

Footage shared on social media showed a swollen river at Pontypridd while other videos showed flooded parts of Carmarthen, where the River Towy had burst its banks.

Parts of Callander in Stirlingshire flooded after the River Teith burst its banks
Parts of Callander in Stirlingshire flooded after the River Teith burst its banks
(Image: PA)

Malcolm Rees, 54, a coracle boat maker in Carmarthen, said one of his sheds was submerged in one metre deep floodwater.

He said his family had been using the shed since the 1930s and in his father’s time the river had only flooded once in 1987.

Mr Rees said: “In the last couple of years it’s been in three of four times”.

He said floodwater deposited silt and sediment after draining away, with “sludge” left “everywhere”.

“Every time it floods I’ve got to get a skip and things that are damaged go in the skip,” Mr Rees said, whose work on the boats is for heritage purposes.

A local garage and joinery were also flooded nearby.

On Twitter, Carmarthenshire County Council shared information on a series of local road closures, warning people to take care due to “lots of surface water”.

Floodwater on railway tracks brought disruption to lines connecting Newquay and Par in Cornwall, Hereford in England and Newport in Wales and Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.

Parts of the A84 in Scotland were also flooded forcing some motorists to try and drive through the water blocking their way.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said that between 9am on Friday and 6pm on Saturday Llyn-y-Fan Blaenau in Carmarthenshire had seen the most rain – some 141.6mm.

The average rainfall for the whole of February in South Wales is 98mm, the Met Office previously said.

On Saturday evening, Natural Resources Wales had 22 flood warnings in place, which advise immediate action, largely across the south of the country, alongside 35 flood alerts.

The Environment Agency had issued 13 flood warnings and 95 flood alerts across England, while the Scottish Environment Protection Agency had 38 flood warnings and 10 flood alerts in place.

Motorists make their way through flood water along the A84 near Callander, Stirlingshire
Motorists make their way through flood water along the A84 near Callander, Stirlingshire
(Image: PA)

The Met Office’s weather warnings are due to end on Saturday Night, with the exception of a warning of wind in northwest Scotland that expires int he early hours of Sunday morning.

Mr Snell warned that while the rain would ease up in the coming days, but it would take time for the rivers to go back to their usual levels.

He said: “Certainly we will lose that real heavy and persistent rain what some people have seen over the last 24 to 36 hours or so. The worst of it is almost out the way.

“Even though the rain is beginning to ease it does take a little while for the rivers to ease down.”

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