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Wales flooding: Rescue at flooded caravan parks

  • 6-9-2012

A major rescue is under way at caravan parks in mid Wales after severe flooding.

Three people have been rescued by helicopter and police estimate 40 people have been taken to safety.

People are still trapped and numerous caravans are surrounded by flood water at the Riverside Caravan Park in Llandre, near Aberystwyth.

Another 11 people are awaiting rescue from the nearby Mill House Caravan Park at Dol-y-Bont, also in Llandre.

Residents in 25 properties have also been evacuated in Talybont, a nearby village hit by severe flooding.

Royal Air Force Sea King helicopters, inshore lifeboats and fire service rescue boats are at the Riverside.

The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "There is large amount of water and a heavy current running through the caravan park."

The situation became so severe that a helicopter was used to rescue the crew of an inshore lifeboat, who had to be winched to safety.

Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Inspector Robin Mason said the numbers of those rescued will "probably run into the hundreds."

He said rescue teams are taking people trapped in their homes to safety with the elderly and those living in bungalows taking priority.

An emergency rest centre has been set up for people and roads are closed in the area.

The areas of Aberystwyth, north Aberystwyth towards Machynlleth are worse affected, he said.

He said high tide was due later this morning.

Jason Hughes from Dol-y-bont said: "The water is above my waistline at 6ft 3in."

Penri James from Talybont said: "It is quite serious, there is only a single narrow track coming up from Riverside caravan park.

"It's a blind hidden valley and difficult to get access to.

"I'm quite concerned for the people there. When the river comes out there, it comes out with a vengeance."

The Environment Agency Wales said this was an "unprecedented event" for Ceredigion.

It has warned people not to go near swollen rivers.

Weather conditions

Fierce summer storms have hit large parts of Wales, with 60mph gales and heavy rain hitting the south and west.

The weather has forced the cancellation of a major agricultural event, Saturday's Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show.

High winds also forced the postponement of Friday's races in the Canoe Slalom World Cup in Cardiff Bay.

Organisers of the Aberystwyth show announced on Facebook on Friday afternoon: "Unfortunately we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the show due to the weather."

In the pre-Olympic canoe event, competitors from 38 countries are due to take part at Cardiff's white water centre.

Organisers say the opening races will now be added to the weekend schedule and tickets for Friday will be valid for Saturday.

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