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24.12.2020, 08:22
Flooding: Firefighters receive 500 calls as heavy rain causes chaos

Firefighters have dealt with 500 flooding calls following heavy rain across south and mid Wales.

Homes in Cardiff, Newport, Vale of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire have been flooded, two days before Christmas, South Wales fire service said.

The heavy rain has also caused travel chaos with roads closed and train services cancelled across Wales.

A Met Office weather warning covering all but north Wales counties is in force until early on Christmas Eve.

Forecasters said up to 70mm (2.8in) of rain could fall throughout Wednesday into Thursday.

Newport council officials said they have been dealing with "significant levels of flooding".

"The sheer volume of rain that has fallen over a short time has caused considerable flooding across the city. The teams are out responding as quickly as they can," said council officers.

Cardiff council said teams were dealing with surface water flooding across the city and asked residents to help clear clear drains of debris or leaves.

A spokesman said: "The rain has filled up the brooks and streams which are now higher than the outfalls. This means the drains can't empty and are consequently backing up."

Flooding on the line between Abergavenny and Pontypool has led to services traveling towards Shrewsbury from Newport being suspended.

Some lines between Gloucester, Newport and Cardiff Central stations are closed due to flooding, with long delays on revised service.

The railway at Llanharan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and the Vale of Glamorgan line is also flooded, with delays and cancellations also on Valley Line services.

Network Rail also reports disruption to services on the line to and from Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire.

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