UK floods LIVE: Bridge collapses in Wales as Storm Christoph leaves trail of chaos

Storm Christoph: River Clwyd bridge collapses after flooding

In the early hours of the morning, North Wales Police began evacuating residents from their homes in Bangor-on-Dee after a severe flood warning was issued for the village by Natural Resources Wales. A “large number” of properties in the Skewen area of Neath have been evacuated due to flooding, according to South Wales Police. Three yellow weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office, including an ice warning in place until 10am on Friday covering western Scotland, North West England, Northern Ireland and much of Wales.

Only partial remnants of the bridge remain as fast-flowing flood water has filled the valley to a record-breaking 16.45m (54ft) water level, according to Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

Meanwhile, the force said on Twitter that the body of a man had been recovered from the River Taff near Blackweir in Cardiff on Thursday, with the death being treated as unexplained.

Elsewhere in Wales, emergency teams were called out to protect supplies of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine following flooding at Wrexham Industrial Estate.

All “necessary precautions” were taken to prevent disruption to the manufacture of the jab, according to a spokeswoman for Wockhardt UK, which operates the pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.

Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “Colder air is now established across the UK as Storm Christoph moves away into the North Sea, and gale force winds will impact the northeast of the country.”

Neath Port Talbot Council was urging members of the public to avoid the area.

A video posted on social media appeared to show fast-moving water passing people’s homes in Goshen Park.

David Rees, Senedd member for the nearby constituency of Aberavon, also urged people to keep away.

UK Weather: Met Office issues flood warnings

He said: “Please avoid Goshen Park in Skewen, as council officers and emergency services are currently dealing with flooding.”

South Wales Police said in a statement: “Emergency services are at the scene of a flooding incident in Skewen which happened at about 12.30pm today.

“A number of streets have been flooded and a large number of properties are being evacuated and the residents are being supported by Neath Port Talbot Council.

“There have been no reported injuries and we ask people to continue to avoid the area.”

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Aberavon MS David Rees said Welsh Water had established the source of the flooding.

“I understand properties have been evacuated. Please stay safe and avoid the area,” he added.

Over 170 flood warnings remained in place across England at midday on Thursday, with three “severe” warnings – meaning danger to life – issued for parts of the North West.

A severe flood warning has been issued for the English River Dee at Farndon in Cheshire, where water levels are expected to peak on Thursday afternoon, according to the Environment Agency.

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