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Cars stranded as flood water surges into streets of Cardiff

SEVERE flooding has left cars submerged and stranded in a village street after a river burst its banks.

The dramatic scenes are in Peterston-Super-Ely, near Cardiff, where the rising River Taff has left streets underwater.

The Sportsman Rest bar in the village has also been flooded, with water reaching the bottom of its groundfloor windows.

The River Taff has also breached its banks in Cardiff’s Bute Park, submerging the Taff Trail, Blackweir, and Pontcanna Fields. As rain continues to fall in Wales, historic Roath Park in the capital is also flooded.

Large portions of Crickhowell have been flooded after the River Usk breached its banks, and a playground at Taff’s Well has been converted into a swimming pool.

Flooding has stopped roads across Wales, and train services are also experiencing significant delays. Natural Resources Wales has issued over 20 warnings that flooding is imminent.

There are also 43 flood alerts in effect, indicating that flooding may occur in certain locations. Meanwhile, highways have been stopped due to fallen trees as the principality continues to be battered by strong winds and heavy rain. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has recommended residents to drive only when “absolutely necessary” due to hazardous driving conditions and surface water throughout the borough.

Due to severe gusts, the M48 Severn Bridge is temporarily closed in both directions, and motorists are recommended to use the Prince of Wales Bridge instead. Flooding has closed the road between the Heritage Park Hotel, Porth, and Travis Perkins in Hopkinstown.

Cardiff has already received more than a month’s worth of rain this January, according to weather presenter Sue Charles.

Yesterday was also the third wettest January on record in Cardiff.