Houses submerged and cars trapped in flooding across Wales

Houses have flooded and cars remain trapped in water in some parts of the country as torrential rain continues to batter Wales.

Areas in Cardiff, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan have been particularly badly affected.

A weather warning for rain is currently in place and lasts until 2am on Christmas Eve. You can follow the latest updates in our live blog here.

Rain continued throughout Wednesday afternoon and, by the evening, homes started to fill with water and cars became submerged.

Several cars have been pictured attempting to drive through streets filled with water in areas like Roath, and homes have been flooded in Penarth.

While emergency services are trying to aid drivers move vehicles, other people are trying to clear water out of their homes as rain continues to pour in Wales

Cars negotiate a flooded road in Penarth, South Wales
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Clive and Anne Palfrey attempt to clear water out of their flooded house in Penarth
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Firemen help a occupant of a car on a flooded road in Penarth
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Videos of Newport city centre are also circulating which show areas that have been severely flooded.

One woman, who asked not to be named, quickly collected some sandbags to try and protect her parents’ home on Courtney Street.

After seeing the flooding was escalating quickly in Newport she decided to do all she could to help in case the weather gets worse.

She said: “My parents are fine.

“Their house hasn’t flooded, but if the rain continues tonight and the council or Welsh water aren’t quick enough, then they could.

“There are houses further down the street that unfortunately aren’t so lucky.

“This happens every year when we have bad rain, and I just go down to show some support, but this is the worst it’s ever been.

“It has gotten worse and even tailing around into the street opposite.”

The fire brigade move through flood water in Orchard Street, Newport
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Newport has been hit badly
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The fire brigade pump water out of the Windsor Castle Pub in Dock Street, Newport
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A couple who live in Penarth have unfortunately had to watch their property fill with water.

They were pictured on Wednesday trying to clear water out of their house after heavy rain hit the area.

Pictures show water covering the floor as they stand in their wellies trying to sweep the water out of the house.

It’s also been reported that some staff at Llandough Hospital have been trapped as a result of the floods.

Allegedly some team members have been stuck in an antenatal clinic as cars have become trapped.

It’s been reported that tractors are trying to help vehicles that have become stuck, while others are waiting for help.

Cars stranded in flood water in Roath, Cardiff this evening
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Roath has seen roads submerged
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Whitchurch and Tongwynlais councillors also issued the following advice to residents in the local areas: “The council is dealing with surface water flooding across the city.

“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.

“Our teams were out in advance of the forecasted weather clearing hotspots of leaves in areas where we know flooding puts properties at risk.

“If anyone is concerned about water entering their property they should call C2C on 029 2087 2087.

“Our teams are out now too doing everything they can to help.”

The A4042 at the Old Green Roundabout, Newport
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The statement continued: “The weather forecast is dry later so the water will retreat.

“If anyone sees a drain top clogged with debris and leaves they could remove it which will help the water escape into the drains.

“Although there are some flood alerts we understand the risk of river flooding is low.

“Information on river levels flood warnings and flood alerts can be viewed on the Natural Resources Wales website.”

Natural Resources Wales said it was aware of reports of flooding in the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff and that teams have been deployed to investigate.

South Wales Police said: “We’ve had reports of flooded roads across our area. Take care: only travel if essential, and never drive through flood water.”

WalesOnline – Cardiff