Torrential rain hits Gwent

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  • Serious flooding in parts of Cwmbran
  • Elderly couple trapped by flood water in Two Locks, Cwmbran
  • Fierce lightning over Newport

5:35pm

5:34pm

A polling station at Monnow Primary school in Bettws had to be moved to St Davids RC Primary because of flooding.

5:03pm

Flooded road outside Cwmbran Stadium:

5:00pm

Slow traffic is reported due to earlier flooding in the Brynglas Tunnels on the westbound side between J25 and J26.

Congestion is stretching back to J24 at the Coldra. All lanes have been re-opened.

4:54pm

Malpas Road approaching the M4 roundabout. Traffic is backed up to Pillmawr Road and on Pillmawr Road itself.

South Wales Argus:

4:41pm

Angela Sweeney said there was flooding on both carriageways of the A4042 from Newport city centre towards Cwmbran and a highways maintenance vehicle was parked with flashing lights to warn drivers to move over to one side

She said it was "much worse" near Malpas Road Fire station with "severe flooding" again on both carriageways. 

She added the bins of houses nearby were floating in the road.


 

4:38pm

Jayne Baker says: "This was the bottom of Ton Road where it meets Two Locks Road at about 3.30pm. No-one was attempting to drive through it!"

South Wales Argus:

4:33pm

4:18pm

Staff at Silcox stores in Pontnewydd have been sweeping water out of the shop this afternoon.

4:15pm

Richard Clifford, working at St woolos cemetery in Newport, sent us these pics of a tree struck by lightning this afternoon.

South Wales Argus:

South Wales Argus:

3:58pm

3:54pm

Shopper Tom Wall said the aisles of Cwmbran's Asda are "full of water" and told how he had to abandon his trolley full of shopping in the middle of the store this afternoon as staff and shoppers were evacuated from the building.

“It is literally flooding out,” he said. “The aisles are full of water as well as all of the roads. “Staff have had to evacuate all of the customers and the car park is very congested.

“People have been fighting to get out.

3:51pm

Newport Council also reported some localised flooding across the city and confirmed that the Riverfront Theatre has been temporarily closed around 3pm due to issues caused by the bad weather.

3:50pm

3:48pm

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3:46pm

3:46pm

Flooding is reported in the following areas of Cwmbran and Newport: Malpas, Henllys Way in Cwmbran, Coed Eva and Fairwater Cwmbran and Bettws.

3:43pm

3:41pm

Cwmbran firefighters are tyring to rescue an elderly couple are trapped by flood water in their home in Two Locks.

3:37pm

A firecrew from New Inn at ASDA Cwmbran, flood water has entered the ceiling affecting the electircs and the store evacuated.

3:34pm

3:34pm

South Wales Fire and Rescue have a report of flooding reaching the ground-floor window level of a house in Pontnewydd, Cwmbran.

3:33pm

South Wales Fire and Rescue say the majority of the 92 calls they have received for flooding are in the Cwmbran area.

3:31pm

3:25pm

3:24pm

3:22pm

South Wales Fire and Rescue confirmed that they had to evacuate the Asda superstore in Cwmbran.

3:20pm

Reports say around 2-3 inches (5-7.5cm) of water has collected in parts of Hollybush, Cwmbran.

3:17pm

The fire service say they have received 45 flooding calls for the Cwmbran area and sandbags have been requested.

3:15pm

3:14pm

Sammie Kent sent this pic of angry-looking clouds over Cwmbran

South Wales Argus:

3:12pm

Michelle Williams' garden is being deluged:

South Wales Argus:

 

 

3:11pm

Rachel Bailey has had hailstones...

South Wales Argus:

3:10pm

As has Trinity Caldwell

South Wales Argus:

2:57pm

The Met office said a yellow warning for heavy rain is in place until midnight.

They are expecting 30 mm of rain to fall in three hours on South Wales this afternoon with 15mm to fall within less than an hour in some parts.

2:51pm

2:49pm

Jiffy is battling the weather on the M4 - is this in Gwent? What do you think?

2:48pm

A firecrew from Cwmbran is tackling flooding on Larch Grove in Malpas. There are also reports of flooding in the St Julians area of Newport.

2:37pm

HAVE you been hit by flooding as torrential rains falls on Gwent? Or maybe you've had lightning?

Send pics to newsdesk@southwalesargus.co.uk or tweet @southwalesargus

2:36pm

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2:34pm

Staff were evacuated from Risca Library on Tredegar Street when storm damaged the lift shaft.

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2:42pm Thu 22 May 14

KarloMarko says...

Hammering rain, sheet lightening, WW1 thunder in Caerleon....and a plague of giant locusts...

I blame UKIP for upsetting Nick Clegg.
Hammering rain, sheet lightening, WW1 thunder in Caerleon....and a plague of giant locusts... I blame UKIP for upsetting Nick Clegg. KarloMarko
  • Score: 21

2:51pm Thu 22 May 14

-trigg- says...

Surely its the Lib/LAB/CON using their secret weather control machine to stop people going out to vote UKIP?

Is lightning attracted to tinfoil hats?
Surely its the Lib/LAB/CON using their secret weather control machine to stop people going out to vote UKIP? Is lightning attracted to tinfoil hats? -trigg-
  • Score: 3

3:13pm Thu 22 May 14

DaiiWatkins says...

This is all down the the Gov using thier H.A.A.R.P ( High Frequency Active Research Program) to get you all to vote BNP! Its just been 1 continuous rawr of thunder for 10 minutes now.
This is all down the the Gov using thier H.A.A.R.P ( High Frequency Active Research Program) to get you all to vote BNP! Its just been 1 continuous rawr of thunder for 10 minutes now. DaiiWatkins
  • Score: 9

3:45pm Thu 22 May 14

-trigg- says...

If its a High {b}F{/b}requency Active Research Programme, why are the initials H A A R P?

Is there a conspiracy within the conspiracy?
If its a High {b}F{/b}requency Active Research Programme, why are the initials H [b]A[/b] A R P? Is there a conspiracy within the conspiracy? -trigg-
  • Score: -1

3:48pm Thu 22 May 14

exMark says...

"3:41pm

Cwmbran firefighters are tyring to rescue an elderly couple are trapped by flood water in their home in Two Locks."

How can you be trapped in your home? Well obviously I understand you can be trapped. But you're at home, it's not exactly an emergency. Put the kettle on, switch on the TV and relax until the water drains.
"3:41pm Cwmbran firefighters are tyring to rescue an elderly couple are trapped by flood water in their home in Two Locks." How can you be trapped in your home? Well obviously I understand you can be trapped. But you're at home, it's not exactly an emergency. Put the kettle on, switch on the TV and relax until the water drains. exMark
  • Score: -35

4:09pm Thu 22 May 14

Caerleonboy says...

exMark wrote:
"3:41pm

Cwmbran firefighters are tyring to rescue an elderly couple are trapped by flood water in their home in Two Locks."

How can you be trapped in your home? Well obviously I understand you can be trapped. But you're at home, it's not exactly an emergency. Put the kettle on, switch on the TV and relax until the water drains.
Really? Put on the kettle and switch on the TV in a house full of water?
[quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: "3:41pm Cwmbran firefighters are tyring to rescue an elderly couple are trapped by flood water in their home in Two Locks." How can you be trapped in your home? Well obviously I understand you can be trapped. But you're at home, it's not exactly an emergency. Put the kettle on, switch on the TV and relax until the water drains.[/p][/quote]Really? Put on the kettle and switch on the TV in a house full of water? Caerleonboy
  • Score: 34

4:16pm Thu 22 May 14

DaiiWatkins says...

-trigg- wrote:
If its a High {b}F{/b}requency Active Research Programme, why are the initials H A A R P? Is there a conspiracy within the conspiracy?
There is always a conspiracy within a conspiracy. Wouldn’t be a conspiracy otherwise!

H.A.A.R.P
High_Frequency_Activ
e_Auroral_Research_P
rogram

Couldn't tell you. Some dumb American maybe?
[quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: If its a High {b}F{/b}requency Active Research Programme, why are the initials H [b]A[/b] A R P? Is there a conspiracy within the conspiracy?[/p][/quote]There is always a conspiracy within a conspiracy. Wouldn’t be a conspiracy otherwise! H.A.A.R.P High_Frequency_Activ e_Auroral_Research_P rogram Couldn't tell you. Some dumb American maybe? DaiiWatkins
  • Score: -5

4:27pm Thu 22 May 14

Stevie1965 says...

"2:49pm
Jiffy is battling the weather on the M4 - is this in Gwent? What do you think?"

I think Jiffy is illegally using his phone whilst driving in appalling conditions - great example from a public figure!!
"2:49pm Jiffy is battling the weather on the M4 - is this in Gwent? What do you think?" I think Jiffy is illegally using his phone whilst driving in appalling conditions - great example from a public figure!! Stevie1965
  • Score: 16

4:40pm Thu 22 May 14

Mike0408 says...

Stevie1965 wrote:
"2:49pm
Jiffy is battling the weather on the M4 - is this in Gwent? What do you think?"

I think Jiffy is illegally using his phone whilst driving in appalling conditions - great example from a public figure!!
if you look, you will see it is on the PASSENGERS SIDE of the car, not the drivers side, this looks to be a LEFT hand drive to me

and yeah, this looks like J24 on the M4 (near St Julian s
[quote][p][bold]Stevie1965[/bold] wrote: "2:49pm Jiffy is battling the weather on the M4 - is this in Gwent? What do you think?" I think Jiffy is illegally using his phone whilst driving in appalling conditions - great example from a public figure!![/p][/quote]if you look, you will see it is on the PASSENGERS SIDE of the car, not the drivers side, this looks to be a LEFT hand drive to me and yeah, this looks like J24 on the M4 (near St Julian s Mike0408
  • Score: -8

6:07pm Thu 22 May 14

Cerion76 says...

We nearly got flooded in St Julians, mainly because of a blocked drain though! I uploaded a video to Youtube: http://youtu.be/9xYV
wRAqTYI
We nearly got flooded in St Julians, mainly because of a blocked drain though! I uploaded a video to Youtube: http://youtu.be/9xYV wRAqTYI Cerion76
  • Score: -2

6:08pm Thu 22 May 14

Cerion76 says...

Cerion76 wrote:
We nearly got flooded in St Julians, mainly because of a blocked drain though! I uploaded a video to Youtube: http://youtu.be/9xYV

wRAqTYI
http://youtu.be/9xYV
wRAqTYI Sorry the link got mangled!
[quote][p][bold]Cerion76[/bold] wrote: We nearly got flooded in St Julians, mainly because of a blocked drain though! I uploaded a video to Youtube: http://youtu.be/9xYV wRAqTYI[/p][/quote]http://youtu.be/9xYV wRAqTYI Sorry the link got mangled! Cerion76
  • Score: 0

7:43pm Thu 22 May 14

chrisbart says...

exMark wrote:
"3:41pm

Cwmbran firefighters are tyring to rescue an elderly couple are trapped by flood water in their home in Two Locks.That's easy for you to say. Maybe they were frightened and felt in danger. If you would like to give the couple your contact details so next time they call you directly for some unhelpful, unsympathetic smart-**** comments...
[quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: "3:41pm Cwmbran firefighters are tyring to rescue an elderly couple are trapped by flood water in their home in Two Locks.That's easy for you to say. Maybe they were frightened and felt in danger. If you would like to give the couple your contact details so next time they call you directly for some unhelpful, unsympathetic smart-**** comments... chrisbart
  • Score: 12

7:56pm Thu 22 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I believe the torrential rain is God's punishment for society being overwhelmingly heterosexist and gender normative;)
I believe the torrential rain is God's punishment for society being overwhelmingly heterosexist and gender normative;) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -12

8:29pm Thu 22 May 14

davidcp says...

Wow - if I hadn't read the Argus I'd have been wondering what all that 'wet' was!
Wow - if I hadn't read the Argus I'd have been wondering what all that 'wet' was! davidcp
  • Score: 7

12:10am Fri 23 May 14

scoutgirl says...

we were flooded :-( we didn't call fire brigade, but they did come out and they were brilliant knocked on every door to check as we have a lot of elderly and disabled cannot fault them, torfaen came out with sandbags too , neighbours helped each other = local community is not lost ..... totally freak weather effects of global warming sadly
we were flooded :-( we didn't call fire brigade, but they did come out and they were brilliant knocked on every door to check as we have a lot of elderly and disabled cannot fault them, torfaen came out with sandbags too , neighbours helped each other = local community is not lost ..... totally freak weather effects of global warming sadly scoutgirl
  • Score: 2

12:14am Fri 23 May 14

scoutgirl says...

exMark wrote:
"3:41pm

Cwmbran firefighters are tyring to rescue an elderly couple are trapped by flood water in their home in Two Locks."

How can you be trapped in your home? Well obviously I understand you can be trapped. But you're at home, it's not exactly an emergency. Put the kettle on, switch on the TV and relax until the water drains.
wtf? how can you switch electric on when you are "flooded!2! unless you want to get electrocuted!!! our street was flooded and we have a lot of elderly and disabled people - we didnt sit back and put the kettle on!! we had to shut the electric off!!!!!! I had terrified children here yet we still went and checked on our vulnerable neighbours! ITS called "humanity" god help you when you are 90 and in that situation!
[quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: "3:41pm Cwmbran firefighters are tyring to rescue an elderly couple are trapped by flood water in their home in Two Locks." How can you be trapped in your home? Well obviously I understand you can be trapped. But you're at home, it's not exactly an emergency. Put the kettle on, switch on the TV and relax until the water drains.[/p][/quote]wtf? how can you switch electric on when you are "flooded!2! unless you want to get electrocuted!!! our street was flooded and we have a lot of elderly and disabled people - we didnt sit back and put the kettle on!! we had to shut the electric off!!!!!! I had terrified children here yet we still went and checked on our vulnerable neighbours! ITS called "humanity" god help you when you are 90 and in that situation! scoutgirl
  • Score: 6

11:08am Fri 23 May 14

-trigg- says...

scoutgirl wrote:
we were flooded :-( we didn't call fire brigade, but they did come out and they were brilliant knocked on every door to check as we have a lot of elderly and disabled cannot fault them, torfaen came out with sandbags too , neighbours helped each other = local community is not lost ..... totally freak weather effects of global warming sadly
You were doing so well and then you had to spoil it at the end.

This was not "totally freak weather" It was a storm, and not a particularly violent one at that. Localised flooding was probably caused by the removal of plant life and concreting over of land that would previously have acted as natural drainage and delay.

In addition, this storm was just a natural part of the weather cycle and not an effect of global warming, since for there to be global warming, the globe has to actually warm up.
[quote][p][bold]scoutgirl[/bold] wrote: we were flooded :-( we didn't call fire brigade, but they did come out and they were brilliant knocked on every door to check as we have a lot of elderly and disabled cannot fault them, torfaen came out with sandbags too , neighbours helped each other = local community is not lost ..... totally freak weather effects of global warming sadly[/p][/quote]You were doing so well and then you had to spoil it at the end. This was not "totally freak weather" It was a storm, and not a particularly violent one at that. Localised flooding was probably caused by the removal of plant life and concreting over of land that would previously have acted as natural drainage and delay. In addition, this storm was just a natural part of the weather cycle and not an effect of global warming, since for there to be global warming, the globe has to actually warm up. -trigg-
  • Score: 0

10:31pm Fri 23 May 14

scoutgirl says...

-trigg- wrote:
scoutgirl wrote:
we were flooded :-( we didn't call fire brigade, but they did come out and they were brilliant knocked on every door to check as we have a lot of elderly and disabled cannot fault them, torfaen came out with sandbags too , neighbours helped each other = local community is not lost ..... totally freak weather effects of global warming sadly
You were doing so well and then you had to spoil it at the end.

This was not "totally freak weather" It was a storm, and not a particularly violent one at that. Localised flooding was probably caused by the removal of plant life and concreting over of land that would previously have acted as natural drainage and delay.

In addition, this storm was just a natural part of the weather cycle and not an effect of global warming, since for there to be global warming, the globe has to actually warm up.
jeez someone always has to be pedantic! yes its an affect of global warming ozone layer, atural weather, natural disaster- so whatever. This is detracting away form my point of saying about community and being neighbourly! The flood was caused by the sheer volume of water in a short period of time and the drains could not cope with it anyone its done now and we are all doing a huge clean-up :-( so please have a bit of empathy
[quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scoutgirl[/bold] wrote: we were flooded :-( we didn't call fire brigade, but they did come out and they were brilliant knocked on every door to check as we have a lot of elderly and disabled cannot fault them, torfaen came out with sandbags too , neighbours helped each other = local community is not lost ..... totally freak weather effects of global warming sadly[/p][/quote]You were doing so well and then you had to spoil it at the end. This was not "totally freak weather" It was a storm, and not a particularly violent one at that. Localised flooding was probably caused by the removal of plant life and concreting over of land that would previously have acted as natural drainage and delay. In addition, this storm was just a natural part of the weather cycle and not an effect of global warming, since for there to be global warming, the globe has to actually warm up.[/p][/quote]jeez someone always has to be pedantic! yes its an affect of global warming ozone layer, atural weather, natural disaster- so whatever. This is detracting away form my point of saying about community and being neighbourly! The flood was caused by the sheer volume of water in a short period of time and the drains could not cope with it anyone its done now and we are all doing a huge clean-up :-( so please have a bit of empathy scoutgirl
  • Score: -3

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