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Bridge collapses and familes rescued

 
Created on 06/02/2011 @ 13:06
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A second river bridge has collapsed - this time at Chirbury - causing more travel headaches for Welshpool area motorists.

And as heavy floods continue fire crews had to rescue people from their homes in the Llanymynech area due to high water levels.

The bridge just over the Shropshire border on the B4386 Montgomery road on the outskirts of Chirbury partially collapsed into the stream below, sparking fears that it might fall away completely.

A resident in the adjoining Bridge Cottage alerted emergency services after hearing the side of the bridge collapse. The road was immediatley closed leaving motorists facing a lengthy diversion that could be in place for several weeks.

The collapse follows the recent closure of a river bridge at Aberbechan on the outskirts of Newtown.

Seven people were led from properties in Four Crosses, near Welshpool, by firefighters dealing with flood water.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said they deployed their "swift water rescue" crews after receiving calls from people stuck in their cars across Powys.

Firefighters with specialist training and equipment who are able to launch rescues in fast-flowing water - have been helping motorists.

The Environment Agency has issued 14 flood warnings - when flooding is expected - and eight flood alerts - when floods are possible - across Wales on Sunday.

FLOOD WARNINGS ACROSS WALES

  • River Severn at Buttington
  • River Severn at Welshpool
  • River Severn at Pool Quay and Trewern
  • River Severn at Aberbechan
  • Bangor on Dee
  • River Vyrnwy at Llansantffraid
  • River Vyrnwy at Llanymynech
  • Town of Bala
  • River Severn at Abermule and Fron
  • Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Chester
  • Upper Dee Valley from Llanuwchllyn to Llangollen including Corwen
  • River Vyrnwy in the Meifod area
  • Dyfi Valley and Machynlleth
  • Conwy Valley

Picture: The closed bridge on Montgomery Road at Chirbury.

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