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'Urgent' advice issued to drivers after flooding makes for treacherous conditions

Police have issued an urgent warning to drivers after flooding and heavy winds have made conditions treacherous.

They've appealed to motorists to only make 'absolutely essential journeys', after reports of a number of people getting into difficulty in deep water.

A number of stretches of road in Powys are under water and unpassable – particularly the A483 Welshpool and Four Crosses, A495 Meifod to Llanymynech and the Builth Wells area.

Driving conditions throughout the county are treacherous, and police are appealing to motorists to only make absolutely essential journeys.

We are also appealing to all motorists to heed road signs indicating a road is closed or flooded, as we are getting a number of reports of people ignoring these signs and then getting into difficulty in the deep water. We already have people stuck in their vehicles.

Due to these problems, all the emergency services are heavily committed, therefore we are urging the public to help protect themselves by listening to advice. Further information and advice is available by following us on Twitter

– Spokesperson, Dyfed Powys Police

A major search is currently ongoing for a 51-year-old woman, thought to be in the River Usk.

51-year-old missing woman thought to be in river

A person spotted in the River Usk this evening is thought to be a 51-year-old woman from Brecon.

On Monday evening police in the area received a missing report.

Soon after they received reports a woman had been spotted by members of the public in the River Usk in the town.

A major search operation is currently underway.


Major search operation underway after person spotted in river

A major search operation is underway this evening after reports a person was spotted in the river Usk.

Police were called to the scene near the Usk bridge in Brecon at 18.30pm on Monday evening.

There are thought to be more than 10 fire crews in attendance, as well as mountain rescue teams, police and a rescue helicopter.

The incident is ongoing.


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To ban or not to ban? Health committee undecided over e-cigs

A group of influential AMs can't agree whether to support the Welsh Government's proposal to ban E-cigarettes in indoor public places.

An Assembly health committee are split over e-cigarettes Credit: PA

The health committee was largely split over party lines with Labour members supporting the move with most other members disagreeing.

The Health minister Mark Drakeford wants to extend the current indoor smoking ban to include the devises. He fears they re-normalise smoking and act as a so called 'gateway' to children.

But examining the proposal the committee heard conflicting evidence from a range of groups. While health boards and public health bodies said the move was necessary as a percussion while other groups like Cancer Research UK and ASH saying a potential ban could be harmful.

The report will be examined by AMs with a vote likely on the ban early next year.

Roads closed at Builth Wells due to flooding

Traffic Wales says the A483 at Builth Wells is closed due to flooding from Strand Street to A470 Castle Street.

The River Wye at Builth Wells. Credit: PA
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