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Flood victims returning home to assess damage

People have been repairing their holiday homes at Riverside Caravan Park today Photo: ITV News Wales

Residents and holidaymakers are returning to their homes and caravans today in Ceridigion. Clean-up efforts are now properly underway, after flood water ravaged homes and holiday parks in the area around Aberystwyth.

As much rain fell in 24 hours as normally falls in the area in the whole of June, causing several feet of water to surge through communities, putting lives in danger and wrecking property.

Police estimated the overall number of people who left their homes due to the water was around 1,000. Many spent the night with family and friends, although others returned home. The rest centres - including Borth Lifeboat Station - were empty overnight.

Many people were taken to Borth Lifeboat Station after being led to safety yesterday Credit: ITV News Wales

The Prime Minister has spoken with Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones and Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan, to be fully briefed on the flooding in the west of the country. Mr Cameron offered his full support to all those affected by the extreme weather and passed on his thanks to the dedication of the RAF, lifeboat crews, emergency and other local services who have worked tirelessly to make people safe and keep disruption to a minimum.

– Downing Street spokesman

I was deeply shocked to see the extent of the damage caused by the flooding in an area I know so well. Yet again, we have witnessed the impressive bravery of our emergency services. Working in truly harrowing conditions, they ensured up to 1,000 people were moved to safety. It is thanks to the professionalism and dedication of both our professional and volunteer emergency crews that no lives have been lost.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have continued pumping water out of industrial and residential areas. One flood warning remained in place in Wales today, for the River Teifi at Lampeter and Llanybydder.

Dyfed-Powys Police say three people were treated for minor injuries, but there are not thought to be more serious injuries or anyone killed due to the floods.

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