Homes evacuated and stranded drivers rescued as floods cause chaos in Wales and South West – with more rain on the way

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PEOPLE were forced to flee their homes as flooding continued to bring chaos to large parts of the UK.

Most of Wales as well as the south-west and the Midlands have been deluged by torrential downpours which began on Friday and continued yesterday.

Crews from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene at Notter Bridge in the early hours to rescue 18 people

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Crews from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene at Notter Bridge in the early hours to rescue 18 peopleCredit: BPM Media

Roads in Rotherwas, Herefordshire, were sealed off due to the flooding

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Roads in Rotherwas, Herefordshire, were sealed off due to the floodingCredit: Rex Features

A DPD delivery driver had to be rescued when his vehicle got stuck in flood water in Newbridge on Usk, in Wales

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A DPD delivery driver had to be rescued when his vehicle got stuck in flood water in Newbridge on Usk, in WalesCredit: PA:Press Association

Fields in Newbridge on Usk, in Wales, were extensively flooded

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Fields in Newbridge on Usk, in Wales, were extensively floodedCredit: PA:Press Association

South Wales and Cornwall were blasted by around 16mm an hour causing flooding, rivers to burst their banks and dangerous driving conditions on roads.

A total of 18 people had to be rescued from their caravans Notter Bridge, Cornwall, after the area was lashed by heavy rain.

The downpour caused flood defences to be breached and crews from the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were to called out for help.

The fire service also attended a number of other incidents in the area after red flood alerts had been issued across the county.

Devon and Cornwall Police issued a warning on their Twitter page, describing the weather as “vile”.

The heavy rain is also thought to have caused a 40-50m landslip at a coal tip in Wattstown in the Rhondda Valley.

Parts of Carmarthen flooded after the River Towy burst its banks, leaving local businesses badly affected.

Dafydd Williams, from Llangunnor, said: "Businesses have already been badly hit by Covid and having to close at 6pm every day, now they're clearing stock from where they've been flooded."

A DPD delivery van driver stranded in flood water in Newbridge on Usk, in Wales, was rescued by emergency services who used a dinghy to save him.

Parts of the Brecon Beacons had the most rainfall in Wales on Friday - with 98mm falling at Llyn-y-Fan in Carmarthenshire, making it the third wettest place in the UK.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) issued 13 flood warnings across the country

The river Usk breaks it's banks at Crickhowell, in Powys

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The river Usk breaks it's banks at Crickhowell, in PowysCredit: London News Pictures

A flooded park in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire after the River Avon burst its banks

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A flooded park in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire after the River Avon burst its banksCredit: PA:Press Association

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service urged people to stay away from beaches and river banks as the heavy rain threatened flood defences being breached.

Warnings have also been issued over the likelihood of power lines being affected and transport systems being disrupted.

Sean Moore, duty tactical manager for NRW, said: "The band of heavy rain spreading across parts of Wales on Friday and into Saturday is expected to bring flooding impacts and disruption to many areas of South and Mid Wales.

"We have teams out checking defences and monitoring river levels alongside Met Office advice to forecast flood risk, and we will update our flood alerts and warnings as appropriate.

"We are urging people to keep a close eye on weather reports and on the NRW website for details on any potential impacts in their areas.

"We're also advising to take extra care when travelling as conditions could be hazardous."

In England, the Environment Agency issued a flood warning for parts of the Severn and Wye as a combination of heavy rain, strong winds and tidal surges threatened widespread flooding.

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Flood barriers were installed at Bewdley, Worcestershire, over concerns at the high levels of the River Severn.

Flooding was also seen on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border at Welney.

The Met Office has forecast more rain is still to come but it’s unlikely to be as severe as the past couple of days.

The river Wye breaks it's banks at Glasbury in Powys

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The river Wye breaks it's banks at Glasbury in PowysCredit: London News Pictures

A flooded footpath as the River Wye topped its banks in Hereford

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A flooded footpath as the River Wye topped its banks in HerefordCredit: Rex Features

Flooding around Tewkesbury Abbey, in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire after the River Avon burst its banks

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Flooding around Tewkesbury Abbey, in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire after the River Avon burst its banksCredit: PA:Press Association

Weather warnings issued in the UK as heavy rain and flooding batters the nation

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