Holidaymakers airlifted from flooded Welsh holiday park

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Holidaymakers airlifted from flooded Welsh holiday parkAP

Around 150 people spent last night in emergency centres after being rescued by military helicopters, lifeboats and fire crews when a freak flood hit caravan parks and villages in Ceredigion, Mid-Wales.

The Sun reports that three people were airlifted by Royal Air Force Sea King helicopters from the Riverside Caravan Park in Llandre, one of the most severly-affected sites. More than 30 others were rescued by fire crews using lines and life boats.

A Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said there was "a large amount of water and a heavy current running through the caravan park" after the Reheidol River burst its banks.

Flooding became a problem at around 2.30am on Saturday morning, after more than five inches of rain fell in 24 hours. The average amount of rain for the whole month of June in the area is just under three inches.

According to Metro, floods in some villages in Ceredigion were measured at 5ft.

About 4-5 ft of water was flowing through the main street of the town of Talybont, where about 30 people were sheltering in the community hall and a local pub.

The Mill House Caravan Park at Dol-y-Bont was also flooded, and around a dozen people needed rescuing after they decided to stay inside their caravans.

An RNLI rescue crew needed airlifting themselves after becoming stranded while helping to rescue people from the torrents of water.

Efforts to clear the water are continuing, but flood warnings are still in place on the River Reheidol at Aberystwyth and the River Teifi at Lampeter and Llanybyther. A number of bridges and roads are still closed.

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