Flood-hit North West and Wales braced for more heavy rain


Flood-ravaged communities are bracing themselves for further misery after yet another warning of heavy rain.

Around 5,200 homes in the North West suffered flood damage following Storm Desmond earlier this month - with the cost estimated at £500 million.

But while the clean-up continues, the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain for Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester as well as for large parts of Wales.

While the alert is the least serious severe weather warning, forecasters say the rainfall could cause problems for "more sensitive" parts of the UK.

And the downpours, brought on by the unseasonably warm weather, could also bring traffic misery for millions of motorists as the Christmas getaway begins.

The Met Office said: "Rain, heavy at times, is expected to affect parts of Wales and north- west England through Saturday and at first on Sunday.

"Across southern parts of Wales, the heaviest rain is likely to fall for a time during Saturday daytime, with another bout overnight into early Sunday; both these periods may be associated with localised medium impacts from flooding.

"For North Wales and north-west England, the overnight period into Sunday seems more likely to see the heavier rainfall. Again, this may result in localised medium impacts for parts of north-west England, which are more sensitive at present."

On Saturday, the Environment Agency had two flood warnings in place - which means a deluge is expected and "immediate action" may be required.

They are at Keswick campsite in England's Lake District and at Pontargothi and Pontynyswen in Carmarthenshire, West Wales.

Fifteen "flood alerts" also have been issued by the agency.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said people should anticipate some road closures "as drains struggle to cope".

A spokesman said: "NRW is advising people to allow extra time for journeys as driving conditions may be difficult, particularly on roads already busy with Christmas shoppers."

The Met Office forecasters said higher ground in the Brecon Beacons in Powys could see up to 3in (76mm) of rain, while parts of Snowdonia and North Wales getting up to 2.4in (60mm).