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Wales flooding: Driver rescued and homes evacuated Wales flooding: Driver rescued and homes evacuated
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A driver was rescued from his van and people were evacuated from their homes as parts of Wales were hit by flooding.A driver was rescued from his van and people were evacuated from their homes as parts of Wales were hit by flooding.
Fire crews evacuated seven properties in the Bagillt Road area of Greenfield, Flintshire, at 06:50 BST on Wednesday.Fire crews evacuated seven properties in the Bagillt Road area of Greenfield, Flintshire, at 06:50 BST on Wednesday.
Firefighters from Wrexham responded after reports a van driver was stuck in his vehicle on Cefn Road at 06:00 BST. Firefighters from Wrexham responded after reports a van driver was stuck in his vehicle on Cefn Road at 06:00.
The A548 in Flintshire is closed in both directions between Mostyn and Bagillt, as is the A5 between Corwen and Ty'n y Cefn, Denbighshire.The A548 in Flintshire is closed in both directions between Mostyn and Bagillt, as is the A5 between Corwen and Ty'n y Cefn, Denbighshire.
Flooding in the basement of Welshpool Town Hall, which firefighters have been pumping away since 11:00 on Tuesday, was caused by a burst water main.Flooding in the basement of Welshpool Town Hall, which firefighters have been pumping away since 11:00 on Tuesday, was caused by a burst water main.
A Met Office weather warning for rain in north Wales and Powys is currently in place until Thursday.A Met Office weather warning for rain in north Wales and Powys is currently in place until Thursday.
The River Alyn burst its banks at Rossett, Wrexham, where it was recorded at its highest level - 2.11m (6ft 10in) - since a new gauge was installed in 2010.The River Alyn burst its banks at Rossett, Wrexham, where it was recorded at its highest level - 2.11m (6ft 10in) - since a new gauge was installed in 2010.
The Alyn pub, next to the river, was under water. Duty manager Becca Pierce said fences had been put up, but the flooding was only affecting the garden.The Alyn pub, next to the river, was under water. Duty manager Becca Pierce said fences had been put up, but the flooding was only affecting the garden.
"It is probably going to get worse. It is very different from what it is normally like. I've worked here for about three years and I have never seen it like this," she said."It is probably going to get worse. It is very different from what it is normally like. I've worked here for about three years and I have never seen it like this," she said.
A number of rail services have also been affected by flooding, according to Transport for Wales. Passengers are advised to check the status of services before they travel.A number of rail services have also been affected by flooding, according to Transport for Wales. Passengers are advised to check the status of services before they travel.
Traffic was moving slowly on a number of routes due to flooding, including the A541 and A55 in Flintshire, and the A525 Bangor Road in Wrexham.Traffic was moving slowly on a number of routes due to flooding, including the A541 and A55 in Flintshire, and the A525 Bangor Road in Wrexham.
The high street in Bagillt and Westbourne Avenue in Rhyl were closed due to flooding on Wednesday morning, according to Flintshire council.The high street in Bagillt and Westbourne Avenue in Rhyl were closed due to flooding on Wednesday morning, according to Flintshire council.
North Wales Police have advised people to take care in hazardous conditions on the roads.North Wales Police have advised people to take care in hazardous conditions on the roads.
Meanwhile, firefighters have been pumping water off the A539 at Llangollen, and at the Ty Canol Caravan Park off the A5 near Llangollen.Meanwhile, firefighters have been pumping water off the A539 at Llangollen, and at the Ty Canol Caravan Park off the A5 near Llangollen.
At the caravan park, water from the hillside ran down into a pond and caused it to overflow but no properties were affected.At the caravan park, water from the hillside ran down into a pond and caused it to overflow but no properties were affected.
There is one flood warning and several flood alerts covering parts of north and mid Wales, according to Natural Resources Wales.There is one flood warning and several flood alerts covering parts of north and mid Wales, according to Natural Resources Wales.
Two fire crews were also sent to Llangollen on Tuesday with power supplies turned off near the flood water for safety.Two fire crews were also sent to Llangollen on Tuesday with power supplies turned off near the flood water for safety.