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Several areas hit by floods
EMERGENCY services have spent all of last night and this morning tackling floods around the Aberystwyth and Machynlleth areas.
Holiday makers had to be rescued from the Riverside Caravan Park between Llandre and Borth in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Talybont was also hit badly by the floods with residents from 25 properties needing rescuing.
Houses in Penrhyncoch have also been affected by the floods.
Aberystwyth has also been hit after the river Rheidol burst its banks over night.
Emergency services from across Wales have been rushed to the area to help with the rescue effort.
The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said there were around 75 fire service personnel in the area, in 15 fire appliances.
A spokesperson for Ceredigion County Council said: "Several properties have been evacuated with temporary accommodation comprising of village hall and local public houses.
"Multi Agency Silver Command established at Ceredigion County Council’s Glanyrafon Depot, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth.
"Some roads in north Ceredigion are closed, others are extremely treacherous."
Officials are warning people not to drive unless absolutely necessary.
Roads closed at present are:
A487 Derwenlas, A487 Dovey Bridge, A487 Talybont, A487 Bow Street, A487 Glandyfi, A487 Comins Coch, A44 Capel Bangor, A44 Lovesgrove, A4129 Morrisons roundabout in Aberystwyth and the B4572 is only passable in a 4x4 vehicle. We strongly advise that you avoid these roads and areas, but also smaller unclassified roads, and keep clear of any water.
A number of caravan and holiday sites have had to be evacuated, and there have been reports of 3 people receiving treatment after sustaining minor injuries at present. The sites evacuated are: Aberystwyth Holiday village, Penparcau; Sea Rivers caravan park, Ynyslas, Borth; Mill House, Dol-y-Bont, Borth; and Riverside caravan park, Llandre, Bow Street.
Environment Agency Wales has five Flood Warnings in place for the Teifi at Lampeter and Llanybydder, the Dyfi Valley and Machynlleth, the Ystwyth at Rhydyfelin and Llanfarian, the Rheidol at Aberystwyth and the River Clarach at Llangorwen.
A spokesman for Environment Agency Wales said most rivers have now peaked but remain concerned about parts of the Rheidol which is still rising, and the river Fathew in Bryncrug.
They said: “We have seen up to five inches of rain fall in 24 hours in this area.
“We have people on the ground helping. We have many pumps in the affected areas already and are trying to get more to the area.
“We are now becoming concerned about the river Fathew in Bryncrug, to the north of Talybont, which is rising rapidly, threatening up to 20 properties, and the Teifi and Dulas at Lampeter are also rising.
“We’d urge people to stay well clear of floodwaters and make sure they are safe at all times.
“The flood banks on the Leri near the Riverside Caravan Park are in a good condition and we had recently completed a programme of works to refurbish them - but the rainfall levels meant the river rose so quickly that they were overtopped.
"The communities affected should be praised for their early and effective response to the flooding – and a true sense of looking after each other with rest centres being opened in community halls.
"A large number of people were able to make their own arrangements to get to safety. We thank them for their co-operation in such a difficult situation."
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Pictured: workers in Penbontrhydybeddau tackle the water. Credit: Tom Ward.
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