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500 homes evacuated as river floods

Residents have been warned to evacuate 500 properties in North Wales after a river burst past flood defences.

People living in St Asaph, Denbighshire, were warned to leave the area after the River Elwy overtopped defences amid heavy rain.

They have been asked to go to stay with friends and family until the risk subsides.

A rest centre has been opened by Denbighshire County Council at St Asaph Leisure Centre and council staff are being assisted by members of the British Red Cross.

A spokesman for Denbighshire County Council said: "Over recent hours, concerns have been growing about the levels of the River Elwy at St Asaph.

"The river has now overtopped the flood defences in the north end of the city."

Roads in Denbighshire were also affected, with the B5381 Lower Denbigh Road in St Asaph and Graig Road in Denbigh closed.

Flooding has also affected a road in nearby Llanfair Talhaiarn, Conwy, the Environment Agency said.

A spokeswoman for the agency said five flood warnings and 16 alerts had been issued for the whole of Wales.

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