Homes have been evacuated in Monmouth and roads remain closed after severe flood warnings for the River Wye were declared.
Water levels were predicted to reach as high as 7.2m between 3am and 7am on Tuesday.
Residents living in the areas at immediate risk have been evacuated and other properties nearby were provided with sand bags and support.
Natural Resources Wales warned the flooding could be a “danger to life.”
A multi-agency led evacuation of a Residential Park in Monmouth has already taken place this afternoon.
We estimate that the level of the River Wye is expected to peak between 3am and 7am tomorrow morning, with a danger of overtopping the town’s defences.
Professional partners and emergency services are working hard to make sure communities are as prepared as possible and urge people to take the warnings seriously and make arrangements to be safe.
People are advised to take great care if travelling and never drive or walk through flood waters.
Keep checking the forecast and visit our website for the latest flood warnings, updated every 15 minutes (www.naturalresources.wales/flooding ).
– DAVID LETELLIER, NRW DUTY TACTICAL MANAGER FOR SOUTH EAST WALES
The Wye Bridge in Monmouth town centre was closed and people were warned to keep away from the area.
A rest centre was set up at Shire Hall for anyone affected by the bridge closure.
As Natural Resources Wales declares a Severe Flood Warning, we are facing unprecedented times with levels expected to reach the highest on record for this area. The council and partner agencies face an extremely busy time over the next 24 hours while we deal with making sure those affected are safe. There will be disruption with the closure of Wye Bridge but I ask everyone to please be patient while the peak passes through the town. Teams will need to assess the area after the levels drop and it will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do. Please follow the advice of authorities and emergency services.
– PETER FOX, MONMOUTHSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL LEADER
The A40 from Monmouth to Ross on Wye is closed due to flooding.
Roads across south Wales remain impassable in the aftermath of Storm Dennis and a full list of road closures can be found on the Welsh Government’s Traffic Wales website.
Rail lines continue to be disrupted with many Transport for Wales services affected.
The following rail services are disrupted by flooding:
- Aberdare – Pontypridd
- Merthyr Tydfil – Pontypridd
- Treherbert – Ystrad Rhondda
- Ebbw Vale Town – Cardiff Central
- Rhymney – Cardiff Central
- Newport – Hereford
- Shrewsbury – Llanelli (Heart of Wales Line)
- Machynlleth – Aberystwyth / Pwllheli (Cambrian Line)
- Blaenau Ffestiniog – Llandudno (Conwy Valley Line)
Thousands of people in south Wales are continuing a huge clean-up operation as communities try and come to terms with the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Trains were cancelled and many roads left impassable after Storm Dennis lashed parts of Wales over the weekend, bringing up to a month’s worth of rain in 48 hours.
Passengers are being advised to check their journeys ahead of time and allow more time for travel.