Driver rescued as Wales hit by flooding

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Media captionRoads became streams and the River Alyn burst its banks

A driver was rescued from his van and people were evacuated from their homes as parts of Wales were hit by flooding.

Fire crews evacuated seven properties in the Bagillt Road area of Greenfield, Flintshire, at 06:50 BST on Wednesday.

Firefighters from Wrexham responded after reports a van driver was stuck in his vehicle on Cefn Road at 06:00.

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More than 60mm (2.3in) of rain fell in parts of north Wales overnight – June typically has about 85mm (3.3in) – with more rain forecast for Thursday.

The basement of Welshpool Town Hall was flooded by a burst water main, but the water has now been pumped out.

A Met Office weather warning for rain in north Wales and Powys is in place until Thursday.

The River Alyn burst its banks at Rossett, Wrexham, where it was recorded at its highest level – 2.11m (6ft 10in) – since a new gauge was installed in 2010.

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Image caption The River Alyn was recorded at its highest level in Rossett since 2010
Image caption Natasha Kelly said she was “gobsmacked” when she arrived to work alongside the river

The Alyn pub, next to the river, was under water. Duty manager Becca Pierce said fences had been put up, but the flooding was only affecting the garden.

“It is probably going to get worse. It is very different from what it is normally like. I’ve worked here for about three years and I have never seen it like this,” she said.

A number of rail services have also been affected by flooding, Transport for Wales said, and passengers have been advised to check the status of services before they travel.

The A525 Bangor Road in Wrexham is shut while sandbags have been issued to properties along Westbourne Avenue in Rhyl.

The A548 is closed in both directions between Mostyn and Bagillt, as well as parts of the A541 and A55, Flintshire council said.

Denbighshire council reported a “significant” number of issues and road closures, including the A5 between Corwen and Ty’n y Cefn and roads around the village of Dyserth.

North Wales Police have advised people to take care in hazardous conditions on the roads.

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Image caption North Wales Police said it was dealing with “huge problems” with flooding, including in Flint
Image caption Firefighters were on the scene at Ty Canol caravan Park, Llangollen

Meanwhile, firefighters have been pumping water off the A539 at Llangollen, and at the Ty Canol Caravan Park off the A5 near Llangollen.

At the caravan park, water from the hillside ran down into a pond and caused it to overflow but no properties were affected.

Residents on Hamilton Avenue in Sandycroft, Deeside, face a nervous wait after placing sandbags to protect their homes from further flooding.

Kelly Holland, 32, will spend this evening in a hotel with her family.

“We’ve used sandbags to try and stop the water getting in so we just hope we’ll come back tomorrow and it will be OK,” she said.

Adele Quinn said about 50 homes had been affected.

“There’s been a community effort to help each other,” she said.

There is one flood warning and multiple flood alerts covering north and mid Wales with more rain forecast on Thursday.

Two fire crews were also sent to Llangollen on Tuesday with power supplies turned off near the flood water for safety.

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