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Flooding and travel disruption continues across parts of Wales after Storm Ciara

Travel disruption, flooding and power cuts have affected large parts of Wales after Storm Ciara brought winds of over 90 miles per hour on Sunday.

Flights, ferries and train services saw cancellations and delays, while drivers faced treacherous conditions with floodwater, fallen trees and other debris closing roads.

Met Office yellow weather warnings remain in force across parts of the UK.

A foot bridge in Betws Y Coed, Conwy, was washed away by a strong river.

The Miner's Bridge at Betws Y Coed Credit: Shaun Williams

Due to high river flows and continuing poor weather conditions the Mermaid Quay area of Cardiff Bay was cordoned off to the public on Sunday afternoon.

North Wales Fire urged drivers not to go through floods after receiving a number of reports of cars getting trapped.

Road:

M48 Severn Bridge: Closed in both directions between J2 A466 Wye Valley Link Road (Chepstow) and J1 A403 (Aust) due to strong winds and an overturned lorry.

Llanrwst: Earlier flooding on A470 in both directions from B5106 (Pont Fawr, Llanrwst) to A5 (Waterloo Bridge, Betws-y-coed) has been cleared.

Machynlleth: A487 Dyfi Bridge closed in both directions due to flooding from A493 to Machynlleth Train Station.

Abergele: A547 Mill Street closed in both directions due to flooding from North Wales Business Park (Abergele) to Beach Road (Llanddulas).

Llangadog: A4069 Broad Street closed in both directions due to flooding from The Goose and Cuckoo (Llangadog) to A40 Queensway (Llandovery).

Merthyr Tydfil: A4054 Cyfarthfa Road blocked in both directions due to fallen tree at Brecon Road.

Betws-Y-Coed: A5 closed both ways with queueing traffic due to Miners Bridge being washed away.

Pembroke Dock: A477 Cleddau Bridge closed in both directions to high-sided vehicles due to strong winds between Pembroke Dock and Neyland.

Berriew: B4390 closed due to flooding from B4385 (Berriew) to St Michaels Close (Manafon).

Caerphilly: Road closed in both directions due to fallen tree between Mount Pleasant Inn (Pentwyn) and Hillside Terrace (Deri).

Gwynedd: A4212 closed from Trawsfynnydd to Bala due to heavy snow.

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Train:

There are delays of up to 20 minutes and some cancellations on Great Western Railway between Salisbury and Southampton Central due to an earlier fallen tree on the line at Dean.

Cambrian Line: The line has now reopened between Shrewsbury and Machynlleth. A rail replacement bus service remains in operation between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth, and on the Cambrian Coastline between Machynlleth and Pwllheli.

There is no service running between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog because of flooding. Replacement bus services have been also been suspended due to water on the roads.

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There has been "extensive damage on the Conwy Valley Line, north of Llanrwst" according to Network Rail although it is not thought to be as bad as damage caused by Storm Gareth in March 2019.

While the line remains closed, Transport for Wales will continue to operate a rail replacement bus service.

Bill Kelly, route director for Network Rail, Wales and Borders, apologised to passengers.

The Conwy Valley Line is a social and economic lifeline and this latest setback is particularly frustrating given this line has been hit so hard by extreme weather over recent years.

Storm Ciara caused significant disruption to transport networks across the country and unfortunately the damage caused to this part of the line was significant.

We simply can’t commit to a timescale for the completion of this work until the floodwater has receded and we’ve completed our assessments, but we will work tirelessly reopen this line as soon as possible.

– Bill Kelly, Network Rail, Wales and Borders
The Conwy Valley Line suffered 'extensive damage' as a result of Storm Ciara. Credit: Network Rail

Sea:

All sailings are cancelled on Stena Line between Fishguard and Rosslare and Holyhead and Dublin.

There are also cancellations on Irish Ferries between Pembroke and Rosslare.

Air:

Most services from Cardiff Airport appear to be unaffected on Monday.

Live updated are available here.

The roof of the National Botanic Garden of Wales' Canolfan Tyfu classroom was blown off during the storm. Credit: Steffan John

The National Botanic Garden of Wales was closed to visitors after the roof of one of its classrooms was blown completely off during the storm.

Steffan David, Marketing and Events Officer, said: "This is the only building that's been damaged here but it'll be weeks, maybe months, until we can use it again, which is a shame as it's a space used constantly for adult horticultural courses as well as school visits."

"Luckily no one was hurt as the garden was closed and no one was on site," he added.

In Llanrwst, a woman was rescued by firefighters after she woke to find her camper van was stuck in flood water.

Winds hitting Trearddur Bay on Anglesea Credit: Warren Cardwell

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Natural Resources Wales said on Monday morning there were still 13 flood warnings and 37 flood alerts in place across the country.

We have received several reports of flooding across communities in north Wales, and our thoughts are with those who have been affected.

With the incredibly strong winds and intense rainfall, Storm Ciara is causing dangerous conditions along our coastline, and causing river levels to rise quickly.

– Richard Preece, Natural Resources Wales

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The Met Office said very strong winds are likely to continue causing disruption across the South Coast.

"Whilst Storm Ciara is clearing away, it will remain unsettled with further strong winds, heavy showers, some snow and ice."

A Welsh Government spokesperson thanked those who have been helping in the aftermath of the storm. They said, "we are working closely with NRW and Local Authorities to identify what we can do to help repair damaged assets or defences caused by Storm Ciara.”

“Natural Resources Wales is responsible for managing flood risk from the River Conwy, while Conwy County Borough Council are responsible for managing the risk from ordinary watercourses and surface water. It is too early to say whether the flooding at Llanrwst was solely due to the main river. It is for the Local Authority to now investigate the cause of the flooding.”

A street in Llandrillo near Corwen. Credit: Derek Davies