Friday 22 January 2021

Storm Christoph

Three days of rain has brought flooding across large parts of Wales The Met Office said over the past two days Wales had the highest rainfall of the four UK nations.

Between 19 and 21 January, Aberllefenni in Gwynedd saw 188mm (7.5in) of rain, more than average rainfall for Wales for the whole of January, which is 156.89mm (63in).

That was followed by 180mm (7in) in Crai reservoir, Powys, 169.8mm (6.6in) in Treherbert, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and 166mm (6.5in) in both Maerdy, RCT, and Capel Curig, Conwy.

About 2,000 homes in the Didsbury and Northendean areas of Manchester, Ruthin and Bangor-on-Dee, North Wales and Maghull, Merseyside, were also affected overnight.

People have been told Covid rules let them leave their homes in an emergency.

One hundred homes are also being evacuated in Skewen, near Neath in West Glamorgan, because of flooding related to mine works, authorities say.

Severe flood warnings remain in place, and further rain is expected next week.

There have been many photos of plots that have been flooded and the normal questions of what can be done about it. The usual suggestions of adding drainage or using raised beds depending on the severity shown in the photo, or the suggestion of growing rice.  

Locally London Borough of Sutton its been high winds, rain and a very hard frost overnight but there is this big yellow ball in the sky this morning, that we have not seen for a while. 

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