Flooding hits parts of Wales after hours of torrential rain

Parts of Wales have suffered major flooding after hours of torrential rain.

A historic hotel in the north of the country was among those hit by the heavy downpours, which began overnight and continued into Saturday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Ty’n y Cornel Hotel, which dates back to the early 1800s, by Tal-y-llyn lake in Gwynedd told Sky News the water was above his knees on the road outside.

“Although the lake does flood on occasion, it was a bit of a surprise this time,” he said.

“We normally know what it’s going to do, but this time it’s caught us out.

“It didn’t look like it was going to happen when we looked at the lake yesterday, but the rain was so heavy overnight.

“The weather seems to have gone from one extreme to the other.”

He said that although the road outside the hotel was now closed, passing vehicles had been making the situation worse by ignoring “go slow” signs – with lorries sending huge waves of floodwater high up the building.

“It’s been raining constantly since last night and has only just stopped, so it’s been rising steadily during that time,” he said.

“It just adds to the problems we’re facing.”

He said that while the water had not made it into the main building, it had flooded the garages.

“We’re currently closed anyway but hope to reopen in late July as restrictions ease,” he added.

Elsewhere in Gwynedd, the gardens at Gwydir Castle in Conwy were also hit.

“The clean up begins…again,” a post on the building’s Twitter account said.

“Sad and weary. Sandbag wall held magnificently but it came in under the old stone wall again.”

Natural Resources Wales issued a total of six flood alerts, with warnings in place for Glaslyn and Dwyryd, Upper Dee Valley from Llanuwchllyn to Llangollen including Corwen, Mawddach and Wnion, Dysynni and Dyfi.

Llanrwst councillor Aaron Wynne said in a statement: “After just a day of rain, Llanrwst is on a flood alert.‬

‪”This should not be happening after only one day of ‘typical Welsh weather’. This is extremely frustrating.‬”

‪He added that he would be calling a virtual round-table meeting officials to discuss plans “to resolve this long-standing issue”.

“They have had more than enough time to collect evidence from the recent floods,” he said.

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