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North Wales Fire and Rescue Service says it had around 250 calls for flooding overnight mainly on Anglesey and in Gwynedd.
Llangefni and Beumaris were badly hit. The former's Plas Arthur Leisure Centre was opened at a shelter. The A55 is still closed on Anglesey. Part of the A5 was also closed.
Train services between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog and between Bangor and Holyhead are suspended. There are replacement bus services but Arriva Trains Wales says they may not get through because of the flooding.
There are 4 flood warnings in force:
- River Rhyd Hir at Riverside Terrace
- River Adda at Bangor
- River Erch at Abererch
- Conwy Valley
A Met Office 'be aware' alert is in force until 9am.
1/3 Flooding update: Majority of major roads on Island flooded at some point. A55 dual carriageway closed both ways… https://t.co/pikjURakVi
2/3 Major landslide has completely closed A545 near Glyn Garth bends. Road will be closed for substantial period. B… https://t.co/coWFf81Tdx
3/3 Castle moat has flooded parts of Castle Street, Beaumaris Major flooding in Llangefni town centre Travel disru… https://t.co/pgI50FjrV7
Over 100 leading Welsh businesses have signed a letter to the Prime Minister, urging her to give the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project the green light as soon as possible.
The letter, which was hand-delivered to 10 Downing Street today has been signed by companies in South West Wales including Tata Steel UK, Penderyn, Castell Howell Foods, WRW Construction and Andrew Scott Ltd.
Chris Pearlman, Swansea City Football Club's Chief Operating Officer, and Roger Blythe, Chairman of Ospreys Rugby, have also signed the letter, along with senior representatives of major companies including Cuddy Group, Dawnus Construction Holdings, Coastal Housing, Day's Rental and Owens Group.
Together, the companies who have signed the letter employ more than 30,000 people.
It's now been over 10 months since Charles Hendry, the UK Government's own independent inspector, concluded that the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is a 'no regrets' option.
All we've heard since then is that the Government will make a decision is due course, but enough is enough. Investor confidence in the scheme means a decision is time-critical, so I'm calling on the Prime Minister to listen to the people of South Wales and approve this project now.
An agreement over water is to be made which will see powers shared between the UK and Welsh governments.
The UK Government currently has powers which mean it could intervene if it believes devolved functions risk having a 'serious adverse impact' on water resources, water supply or water quality in England.
The new deal will mean UK ministers will no longer be able to intervene in decisions made in Wales.
The introduction of this protocol addresses an existing imbalance in the devolution settlement that could, in theory, result in UK Government Ministers intervening in matters that are the responsibility of the Welsh Government.
I am pleased with the constructive and positive way in which both administrations have approached the drafting and implementation of an agreement which, importantly, means water consumers on both sides of the border are safeguarded.
Newport City Council is to submit a bid for £10 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out work on the iconic Transporter Bridge.
The Bridge, which can be seen from many points across the city with its huge metal structure and gondola used to carry vehicles across the River Usk, is now closed for the winter season.
The Heritage Lottery Bid would be used to carry out repairs, restoration of the gondola, improvements to the site and building a new visitor centre
The bridge is one of five remaining operational transporter bridges worldwide and is the most complete original structure of all the remaining Transporter Bridges.
The council bid for funding would be up against projects from across the UK and there is no guarantee a bid will be successful.
Joint research by scientists at Bangor University claims the effects of melting ice sheets will go far beyond just changing water levels. It could have further reaching impacts on global climate.
They say along some coastlines the tidal range will be greatly increased, for example the North Wales coastline, whilst along others, like South Wales, the tidal range will be reduced. Moreover many functions of the ocean will be altered by the changes in the tides.
Tides currently play a key role in sustaining the large-scale ocean currents which redistribute heat from the tropics to higher latitudes and are responsible for the mild climate in the UK. Predictions provided by the new model show that the collapse of the ice sheets will significantly impact the global tides which could in turn impact ocean current systems which are important for our climate.
The global changes in the tides will also have profound impacts on a wide range of other ocean functions, such as changes to the regions of the ocean which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and on the ecosystems of the temperate (shallow) shelf seas surrounding the continents.
An international team, including researchers from Cardiff University, has discovered a new orangutan species in Indonesia.
Pongo Tapanuliensis, otherwise known as the Tapanuli Orangutan, was found in the three Tapanuli districts of North Sumatra after analysis of the ape inhabitants of the Batang Toru Ecosystem.
The Batang Toru populations of orangutans in Sumatra were only rediscovered fairly recently in 1997. However, it wasn’t until 2013 that the researchers received the skeleton of an adult male orangutan that was killed during conflict, and we realised that there were significant physical and genetic differences in these apes.
By comparing the skull to other orangutans, it was clear that this skull showed dramatic differences. This suggested that the Batang Toru population was potentially unique, so our international team of researchers worked together to gather further evidence
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Monmouthshire County Council is to switch off its street lights between midnight and 6am in residential areas, as part of a budget saving exercise.
Locations affected by the change will be Magor, Undy, Rogiet, Portskewett, Caerwent, Llanfoist, Llanellen, Govilion, Gilwern and Llanelly Hill.
The switch off will take place from Saturday, 28th October. The council said no lights will be turned off in areas of traffic calming, pedestrian crossings or other high risk pedestrian areas.
In previous years, we have been able to make significant savings through working more efficiently. However, the scale of cuts in recent years means that we can’t avoid making savings that could impact on the communities we serve. I understand entirely that many people won’t like the idea of streetlights being turned off but we have limited the hours when this will happen and I’m confident that we have done what we can to minimise the impact.