Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes as severe flooding caused a bridge to collapse in a Welsh village.
Llanerch bridge, which stands over River Clwyd between Tremeirchion and Trefnant in Denbigh, was washed away by the water after several days of continuous rain..
Built in the 1800s, Llanerch bridge was considered to be a ‘piece of history’ by locals, who have said they are sad to see it go. Traffic is now being diverted from the area.
Wales has been the wettest part of the UK amid Storm Christoph, the Met Office said. According to Natural Resources Wales (NRW), the River Dee is now at 16.45m (54ft), which is the highest recorded level since the water gauge became operational.
Residents from Bangor-on-Dee were evacuated in the early hours of the morning by North Wales Police, while rest centres have been set up in St Asaph and Ruthin after entire streets were left underwater.
In Wrexham, emergency teams were also called out to protect supplies of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine following flooding.
Wrexham council leader Mark Pritchard told BBC Radio Wales: ‘We had an incident at Wrexham Industrial Estate, the Oxford vaccination is produced there and the warehouse where it is stored, obviously I can’t tell you where it is, but we had to work in partnership to make sure we didn’t lose the vaccinations in the floods. I’ve been up all night… it’s a very difficult time for us.’
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