Landslip and flood warnings follow heavy rain in Wales

Landslip and flood warnings follow heavy rain in Wales

A landslip at a coal tip is being investigated by engineers following heavy rain.

Rhondda Cynon Taf council leader Andrew Morgan said about a 40-50m section had slipped at Wattstown, although he did not believe it posed a risk to the nearby Rhondda bypass.

It comes after downpours on Friday, with 98mm (3.9in) of rainfall in the Brecon Beacons making it the wettest place in Wales.

Flood warnings and alerts are in place.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) warned people to “take extra care and keep a safe distance” from river banks.

Mr Morgan said the Wattstown site has been the focus of drone checks every two weeks after a landslip at nearby Tylorstown in February.

No properties are in the vicinity of the latest landslip, he said.

“It looks far worse than it is but it’s the second landslip this year,” he said.

Rhondda MP Chris Bryant said “everything that needs to be done will be done”.

Parts of the Brecon Beacons had the most rainfall in Wales on Friday – with 98mm falling at Llyn-y-Fan in Carmarthenshire, making it the third wettest place in the UK.

The village of Tyn-y-Waun in Bridgend county was Wales’ second wettest with 82mm (3.2in) on Friday, according to NRW data.

That compares to Wales’ average December rainfall of 166mm (6.5in) for the whole month.

Meanwhile, the A4042 has been shut at Llanellen, near Abergavenny, due to the overnight weather, but rail services have resumed between Knighton and Llandrindod, in Powys, after flooding.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) warned people to “take extra care and keep a safe distance” from river banks.

It comes after the Met Office issued a weather warning for rain on Friday.

NRW’s flood warnings and alerts cover the River Teifi at Newcastle Emlyn, Llandysul, Llechryd and Cenarth; the River Wye at Monmouth; the River Cothi at Pontargothi and Pontynyswen; the River Towy at Carmarthen Quay, Llandeilo and Abergwili; the River Cynin at St Clears; and the River Ritec at Tenby.

In north Wales, it has warned about possible flooding in the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Trevalyn Meadows, near Wrexham.

NRW warned said “many rivers will be fast flowing and dangerous”.

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