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Flood forecast update: 19/12/2013 13:00

Natural Resources Wales

Following heavy rainfall and stormy conditions which affected many parts of Wales yesterday evening, Natural Resources Wales is asking people to remain vigilant as further heavy rainfall is forecast over the coming week.

Forecasts indicate that a second band of persistent rainfall will reach Wales Friday afternoon, continuing through into Saturday.

It is forecast to affect most parts of Wales, but likely to be heaviest across south Wales, especially the Brecon Beacons and the South Wales Valleys.

A number of warnings have been removed this morning, but with ground saturated, further rainfall will quickly find its way into rivers, meaning that further Flood Alerts and Warnings are likely to be issued.

Surface water affected roads in many places across Wales yesterday evening, and as leaves continue to block drains this is likely to cause further problems.

Natural Resources Wales is warning about the dangers of driving through flood water and urges motorists to take extra precautions when travelling.

The forecast remains very unsettled continuing into next week, with another weather system forecast for Monday, and Christmas day, both bringing more wind and rain.

Officers will be monitoring forecasts and weather conditions closely, as well as checking flood defences and making sure rivers are clear of blockages which could obstruct flows and cause flooding.

Flood warnings are updated every 15 minutes at www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/alerts

People can also follow the latest updates on Twitter @natreswales

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