Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Heavy rain and floods cause chaos

Police were forced to shut roads in Ely and Culverhouse Cross as localised flooding made conditions treacherous
Police were forced to shut roads in Ely and Culverhouse Cross as localised flooding made conditions treacherous

Heavy rainfall will continue to fall over Cardiff today, offering no respite from the flash flooding that has caused chaos in the city over the weekend.

Police were forced to shut roads in Ely and Culverhouse Cross as localised flooding made conditions treacherous and city shop owners had no option but to close as water seeped in through doors.

Other areas affected included Pentrebane, Llandaff, Roath, Cathays and parts of north Cardiff following heavy rainfall which continued overnight.

The heavy downpours and thunderstorms will continue over south Wales throughout the day and over the next few days.

Nick Prebble, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Unfortunately there will be no reprieve from the rain today with heavy showers continuing to fall over Cardiff.

"On top of the rain yesterday and overnight, it is likely there will be more flash flooding today and possibly over the next few days."

The Rev Jan Gould, priest-in-charge of the Church of the Resurrection in Ely, described the rain as "apocalyptic" and said many roads in the local area were closed because of flooding.

"The weather was so horrendous and flooding all over the place in west Cardiff and police closed lots of the roads in Ely," Ms Gould said.

"It's about the worst rain I have ever seen. It was just flash flooding and it was horrendous. Fortunately it didn't affect us."

Despite the rainfall members of the Ely community came together yesterday to remember the first anniversary of a hit-and-run rampage that left a mother-of-three dead and 17 others injured.

Karina Menzies, 31, was mown down by a paranoid schizophrenic who sped through Cardiff, south Wales, at the wheel of his heavy-duty white Iveco van.

Victims fell like skittles as he raced along the city suburbs of Ely and Leckwith during an eight-mile, 30-minute journey on October 19 last year.

Ms Menzies was knocked down and killed outside Ely fire station in front of two of her children.

Driver Matthew Tvrdon, 32, was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act back in June after admitting manslaughter with diminished responsibility.

The Church of the Resurrection, which had become a focal point of community mourning in the aftermath of the tragedy, hosted a service to mark the first anniversary.

"People couldn't get to the church, so we only had about 40 people attend, which was a real shame because I'm sure it would have been packed," Ms Gould said.

"Having said that, it was a lovely service and those that did come said they found it really helpful and brought them so peace.

"It was still quite moving. It's just a shame there weren't the numbers there that would have been, were it not for the weather."

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