Weather and travel updates
Updated 12:39pm Tuesday 24th December 2013 in News
Enable automatic updates every 30 seconds? YES NO
- Travel and traffic news
- Weather updates for Gwent, Wales and the UK
- Some roads closed in Gwent
- Fire crews pump flood water from houses in Monmouthshire
All lines between Lydney and Gloucester have now reopened after emergency engineering works. Some residual delays remain.
Council workers in Monmouthshire working throughout Monday night and the early hours of Christmas Eve have received praise for the way they faced the effects of severe weather sweeping across Britain. The previous day’s high winds and torrential rain had already resulted in flooding and fallen trees and last night’s conditions put serious pressure on the council’s highways and grounds staff working in difficult circumstances.
“It's been a pretty tough shift and I think our staff have been pretty special, as have colleagues in wider public service,” said Monmouthshire’s Chief Executive Paul Matthews. “Roads have been kept open and safe allowing people to travel in the run up to Christmas and businesses are able to operate as usual. Our staff have spent the night dealing with floods, delivering and distributing sandbags and removing fallen branches in very unpleasant conditions."
FLOOD water is described as "rushing down" Llanover Way in Abergavenny last night.
Don Chambers, 77, has lived on the road for over 20 years and said he had never seen the water cascading down his garden like that before.
He said: “Water was rushing off Monmouth Road and rushing down into our back gardens, which was frightening to see it coming towards our house as we didn’t know how bad it was going to get.”
The water flooded the gardens of ten properties and entered one house on the road.
He added: “It was dirty mucky water that was cascading down, so we put sand bags out and the fire crews pumped water away to try and stop the levels from rising further.”
Crews attended the road at 10.40pm and stayed for five hours pumping away the water that was up to seven inches deep on Monmouth Road.
#SWControl crew from Duffyn are dealing with a flooding inc in the Lighthouse Rd area of Duffryn. Crews currently pumping out water SP— SW Fire & Rescue (@SWFireandRescue) December 24, 2013
Trains between Lydney and Gloucester are suspended due to a landslip and emergency engineering works. Services between Cardiff Central and Gloucester are also suspended.
THE A4077 is closed both ways due to flooding between Beaufort Street in Crickhowell and the A465 Heads of the Valleys road at the Gilwern roundabout.
The flood water is particularly high near to the village of Llangattock, so the road has been closed for safety.
FIRECREWS in Gwent were called out to a number of incidents overnight:
- Ten homes on Llanover Way Abergavenny had to have flood water pumped out. Crews were in atttendance for five hours.
- A crew from Maindee assisted with water removal from a garage and roadway on Old Roman Road Langstone at 10.58pm.
- Chepstow crews pumped flood water for two hours from the ground floor of The Fountain Inn at Trelleck at 11.23pm.
- Vehicles became stuck in flood water after a crash involving a motorbike and a car on the M4 eastbound at Magor at 11.41. Occupants were checks over and no injuries reported.
- Portable pumps were used for six hours to remove flood water from a home in Llanbadoc.
- A Monmouth crew removed a foot of water from a home in Catbrook Road in Trelleck at around half past midnight.
The A4042 is closed at Llanellen near Abergavenny and a diversion is in place.
A fire crew from Duffryn are pumping water from a tunnel under Lighthouse Road in Duffryn, Newport, this area has flooded twice in 12 hours.
Crews from Cefn Fforest pumped water away from a house in Argoed Blackwood last night.
A fire crew assisted by a council team diverted water away from homes into sewage drains in Pandy near Abergavenny last night.
Some train services to London Paddington from South Wales have been cancelled this morning due to the bad weather.
Comments are closed on this article.