10 Jun 2012

Welsh villages flooded, hundreds moved to safety

8:24 am on 10 June 2012

A clean up has started in an area of Wales where flood waters up to 1.5 metres high sparked a major rescue operation to move 1000 people to safety.

Villages in Ceredigion were cut off as houses and caravan parks were flooded, the BBC reports.

Emergency services helped people get to safety, with some being rescued by helicopter. Three people have been treated for minor injuries.

Despite receding water levels, warnings have been made for people to stay away from rivers and flooded areas.

The worse affected areas were Talybont, Dol-y-bont, Llandre, and Penrhyncoch - all in Ceredigion - with people moving to safety from the early hours of Saturday morning.

About 100 firefighters have been involved in the rescue efforts as well as Royal National Lifeboat Institution teams and other emergency services.