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Sheer scale of Storm Christoph downpours captured in these images of saturated North Wales

Daily Post 20/01/2021 Steve Bagnall
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These are the images that show how Storm Christoph battered North Wales today.

Torrential downpours continued to drench the region as a yellow weather warning remained in force.

By 5.30pm there were at least 34 roads closed or affected, including the A55, A5 and A547 in Denbighshire, the A541 in Flintshire and the A470 at Dolgellau.

There were also 27 flood warnings and alerts across the region by this evening, as communities were warned to beware of floods as swollen rivers threatened to burst their banks.

Across North Wales there were scenes of roads flooded, impassable or treacherous to drive on, as rain continued to pound down.

Rail was also disrupted with services cancelled on some lines including from Harlech to Barmouth, where there had been a landslip and Wrexham to Bidston. Buses were laid in some places.

Traffic Wales tweeted: "Due to heavy continued rain fall we have surface water on the network. We are working through these conditions to ensure the network remains safe. Please drive to the conditions of the road and only travel if essential."

Earlier in the day barriers were erected employees from National Resources Wales (NRW) erected a flood barrier to protect Cartref Y Borth Residential Home close to the River Conwy, at Llanrwst, which has been badly affected by flooding in recent years.

a man standing next to a river: The town of Llanrwst in the Conwy valley prepares for floods - Employees from National Resources Wales erect a flood barrier to protect Cartref Y Borth Residential Home close to the River Conwy. © Ian Cooper The town of Llanrwst in the Conwy valley prepares for floods - Employees from National Resources Wales erect a flood barrier to protect Cartref Y Borth Residential Home close to the River Conwy.

And as the downpours continued, one brave person tried to cycle through a submerged road.

a man walking across a beach next to the ocean: Flooding in the Llanrwst area © Ian Cooper/North Wales Live Flooding in the Llanrwst area

The Ty'n y Cornel Hotel by Tal-y-LLayn lake in Gwynedd, also bore some of the brunt of the weather.

a small boat in a body of water: The Ty'n y Cornel Hotel, located beside the Tal-y-llyn lake in Gwynedd, hit by flooding © The Ty'n y Cornel Hotel The Ty'n y Cornel Hotel, located beside the Tal-y-llyn lake in Gwynedd, hit by flooding

And over in Llangollen, the River Dee, was swollen by storm.

Storm Christoph brings heavy rain to North Wales. Pictured: The River Dee at Llangollen. © Ian Cooper Storm Christoph brings heavy rain to North Wales. Pictured: The River Dee at Llangollen.

Further along, the Dee had burst its banks at Corwen closing a main road.

a man riding on the back of a truck: The River Dee has burst it's banks at Corwen closing a bridge into the town - Police monitor traffic around the area. © Ian Cooper The River Dee has burst it's banks at Corwen closing a bridge into the town - Police monitor traffic around the area.

The A5 was also affected, with motorists having to deal with some stretches that had flooded.

a train on a track with smoke coming out of the water: Motorists deal with flooded stretches on the A5 at Maerdy. © Ian Cooper Motorists deal with flooded stretches on the A5 at Maerdy.

A Porthmadog stadium was also underwater following the heavy downpours

  a close up of a cage: Porthmadog football ground flooded © Hadyn Iball Porthmadog football ground flooded

And Pwllheli was also hit by the heavy rain, as sodden fields flooded.

a bridge over a body of water: Fields near Pwllheli hit by floods © Hadyn Iball Fields near Pwllheli hit by floods

At Bangor a road had to be closed to traffic following a landslide.

a group of people sitting on the side of a road: Road closed at Bangor following landslide © Hadyn Iball Road closed at Bangor following landslide

Meanwhile in Rossett, Wrexham the corner of Gamford Lane and Darland Lane, flooded again.

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River levels were also very high at Llanystumdwy with fields submerged.

a body of water with trees in the background: River levels high at Llanystumdwy © Hadyn Iball River levels high at Llanystumdwy

The Horseshoe Pass at Llangollen was also closed to traffic amid the bad weather.

The rain is expected to ease tonight but snow could sweep in on higher ground and an ice alert has been issued.

The yellow warning starts at 1am tomorrow and lasts until 10am, and covers all six North Wales counties.

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