Torrential rain hits Gwent
Updated 5:35pm Thursday 22nd May 2014 in News
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- Serious flooding in parts of Cwmbran
- Elderly couple trapped by flood water in Two Locks, Cwmbran
- Fierce lightning over Newport
A polling station at Monnow Primary school in Bettws had to be moved to St Davids RC Primary because of flooding.
Flooded road outside Cwmbran Stadium:
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.
Malpas Road approaching the M4 roundabout. Traffic is backed up to Pillmawr Road and on Pillmawr Road itself.
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.
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!"
Staff at Silcox stores in Pontnewydd have been sweeping water out of the shop this afternoon.
Richard Clifford, working at St woolos cemetery in Newport, sent us these pics of a tree struck by lightning this afternoon.
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.
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.
Maindee crew are assisting at a flooded house in Greenmeadow Cwmbran due to a bedridden occupant, call received at 15:02— Jennie Griffiths (@GriffithsJECtrl) May 22, 2014
115 calls have now been received to flooding in the Cwmbran area, but incoming calls appear to now been slowing down— Jennie Griffiths (@GriffithsJECtrl) May 22, 2014
@GriffithsJECtrl clear skies now at Greenmeadow, flash flood was coming off of hill behind Rosemead and down the road to Ty Canol.— @bubblecat 22 May 2014
Flash flood excitement here! Greenmeado suffering from flash flood from the hill. #cwmbran— @bubblecat 22 May 2014
Apologies, our service has been a bit hit and miss due to the storms. The lighting is playing havoc with the "breakers"— Transporter Bridge (@NpTbridge) May 22, 2014
Flooding is reported in the following areas of Cwmbran and Newport: Malpas, Henllys Way in Cwmbran, Coed Eva and Fairwater Cwmbran and Bettws.
Due to flooding, the railway line between Newport and Cwmbran is blocked northbound, say @ArrivaTW. Delays of up to 45 minutes— Emma Mackintosh (@ArgusMackintosh) May 22, 2014
Cwmbran firefighters are tyring to rescue an elderly couple are trapped by flood water in their home in Two Locks.
A firecrew from New Inn at ASDA Cwmbran, flood water has entered the ceiling affecting the electircs and the store evacuated.
We've reports of the following businesses affected by flooding in Cwmbran:Asda, Morrisons,Booker cash and carry,Fairwater school, Sainsburys— Jennie Griffiths (@GriffithsJECtrl) May 22, 2014
South Wales Fire and Rescue have a report of flooding reaching the ground-floor window level of a house in Pontnewydd, Cwmbran.
South Wales Fire and Rescue say the majority of the 92 calls they have received for flooding are in the Cwmbran area.
and flooding reported at Continental Patisserie Springlfield Industrial Estate Cwmbran and at Two Locks in Cwmbran— Jennie Griffiths (@GriffithsJECtrl) May 22, 2014
Sandbags have been requested to an Aerosol Factory on Llantarnam industrial estate Cwmbran 3-4 inches flood water entering premises— Jennie Griffiths (@GriffithsJECtrl) May 22, 2014
22 requests have been made to us by 999 callers for sandbags to assist with flooding in the Cwmbran area— Jennie Griffiths (@GriffithsJECtrl) May 22, 2014
South Wales Fire and Rescue confirmed that they had to evacuate the Asda superstore in Cwmbran.
Reports say around 2-3 inches (5-7.5cm) of water has collected in parts of Hollybush, Cwmbran.
The fire service say they have received 45 flooding calls for the Cwmbran area and sandbags have been requested.
Sammie Kent sent this pic of angry-looking clouds over Cwmbran
Michelle Williams' garden is being deluged:
Rachel Bailey has had hailstones...
As has Trinity Caldwell
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.
The storm is moving East of the City towards Gwent area and appears to be activating industrial fire alarms on its way— Jennie Griffiths (@GriffithsJECtrl) May 22, 2014
Jiffy is battling the weather on the M4 - is this in Gwent? What do you think?
Surfing on the m4 pic.twitter.com/M6XEDrXMGs— Jonathan Davies (@JiffyRugby) May 22, 2014
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.
HAVE you been hit by flooding as torrential rains falls on Gwent? Or maybe you've had lightning?
I'm told there were electrical sparks inside my living room following that last bolt of lightning.— Emma Mackintosh (@ArgusMackintosh) May 22, 2014
@ArgusMackintosh The windows have just been rattled on the Coldra too, Thankfully my dog loves the thunder!— Chris Jenkins (@NewportGasman) May 22, 2014
I'm reliably informed that burst of thunder a few minutes ago shook the windows of houses in Caerleon !— Emma Mackintosh (@ArgusMackintosh) May 22, 2014
Staff were evacuated from Risca Library on Tredegar Street when storm damaged the lift shaft.
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