Sunday, June 10, 2012

Wales flooding: residents hope to return home

The Guardian (UK): Residents and holidaymakers are hoping to learn whether they can return to their flood-ravaged homes and caravans after spending the night in refuge centres.

A large-scale rescue operation swung into action after heavy rainfall sent water several feet deep surging through communities in west Wales.

Some 150 people were rescued and taken to the centres as caravan parks and villages near Aberystwyth were inundated. Twice as much rain fell in 24 hours as normally falls in the area in the whole of June.

Police said the overall number who left their homes, including those who did not need to go to the centres, was nearer 1,000.

Senior politicians, including the prime minister, David Cameron, paid tribute to RAF helicopter crews, fire service teams, coastguard and RNLI lifeboat crews and the emergency services who ensured there were no serious casualties...

Flood water on the A493 at Penmaenpool, from 2008. Shot by Lois Rodgers, Wikimedia Commons via Geograph UK, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license 

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