Dozens of holidaymakers are being rescued from riverside caravan parks after serious flooding around Aberystwyth in West Wales.
Three people have been airlifted to safety and another 46 rescued by firefighters after a torrent of rain overnight.
Aberystwyth and Borth Coastguard rescue teams have been called out along with the Borth RNLI inshore lifeboat.
A Sea King helicopter has also been deployed and three people have been airlifted to safety.
Fire crews have rescued 35 people from the Riverside Caravan Park in Llandre, using inshore life boats.
Another 11 people have been rescued from the nearby Millhouse Caravan Park.
In the village of Talybont 25 properties have been evacuated and residents are sheltering at a local community centre and pub.
Around 5ft of water is flowing through the main street there.
Apparently numerous groups of people are surrounded by flood waters and are needing rescue.
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Apparently numerous groups of people are surrounded by flood waters and are needing rescue. 5 Ft water
Tha rainfall radar loop shows how a small but quite intense area of rain was stuck over West Wales for the last 24 hours
Aye, be very interesting to see what the Pumlumon rain gauges recorded! Pant Mawr (in the upper Wye valley near Llangurig) had 120mm in 24 hours.Worth noting that some of that rain will also be heading down the Severn and Wye.
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Wow that looks like a really punishing amount of rain fell there!
On the BBC forecasts they have been talking about Environment Agency gauges recording in excess of 140mm of rain.
Dear me - more echoes of 2007......
That looks seriously wet. Kinda made the 1.5 mm I've had in the past 48 hours seem quite weedy in comparison.
Over 6 inches in old money.
Exactly - 2007 here we go.
Worth noting that some of that rain will also be heading down the Severn and Wye.
Very high at Buttington (England/Wales border) on the Severn.
Can follow the river levels here (click on areas)
Miles above the highest recorded, looks like it couldnt measure it for a while when the flood was at its highest.
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The river that flooded was the Leri - and if you have never been to the area, this is more of a stream than a river!!!
I was waterskiing in the Leri / Dovey estuary just this Wednesday and know that area extremely well. The rain guage at Llangurig (up to Plynlymmon) is sited at an area that mostly discharges down the Wye (and Severn through Clywedog) although some does go down to the coastal side. (I think the guage is the one on the "Sweet Lamb" farm off the A44) For the Leri to have flooded as it did, there must have been an excessive amount of rain - especially as its catchment area is only very small. It probably didn't help that there was quite a high tide as well. The Leri empties in to the Dovey estuary at Aberleri - and as the Dovey was in flood as well, that together with the high tide gave the water nowhere to go......
I left Borth on Wednesday - having sited my caravam for the season at Borth. I had hoped to put it on the riverside park but they had no places so sited it on the hill above the village - very lucky as we are ok but feel much sympathy for those who will have lost almost everything....
Looks like you were very lucky the riverside park was full!
120mm was recorded in 24 hours at Pant Mawr which is just up the Wye valley above Llangurig. Net Wx Radar showed much heavier rainfall to the west of Pumlumon - the headwaters of the Leri - and I wouldn't be surprised is there was close on 200m over the hills there.
Few. you were very fortunate, if you had perhaps attempted to do this maybe a week earlier, there may have been places, on the riverside..
Amazing stats. Bringing orographics, low pressure and summer conditions together can create this kind of havoc as we all know from recent years. My sympathies go out to those who have suffered loss
Just got back from a weeks camping and after seeing the events in Wales, I feel our weeks long drenching wasn't that bad really.