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UK News This is what Cardiff's Bute Park looks like now after Storm Dennis floods

21:05  21 february  2020
21:05  21 february  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

Drone footage shows the scale of the Storm Dennis flooding in Cardiff

  Drone footage shows the scale of the Storm Dennis flooding in Cardiff Homes have been flooded and Bute Park is submerged in parts after the River Taff burst its banks on Sunday. © Jonathan Lawrance/WalesOnline Bute Park under water with the Principality Stadium in the background © Jonathan Lawrance/WalesOnline There has been flooding at some homes in Llandaff near the River Taff, and homes at Forest Farm in Whitchurch have been evacuated. On Sunday afternoon, the council said that river levels had peaked and are now starting to fall.

This is what Cardiff's Bute Park looks like days after Storm Dennis brought torrential downpours and flooded the area.

Parts of the park were left completely submerged in water on Sunday after the River Taff burst its banks.

Large sections of grassland and footpaths remain under inches of water in some areas after Cardiff City Council workers spent much of the week clearing the park.

While most of the flooding in Bute Park has now drained away, litter brought in by flood water is still affecting some sections.

Volunteers are taking part in a further clean up operation over the weekend.

a view of a city: A lot of the park remains under water © Jon Lawrance A lot of the park remains under water

On Sunday, river levels along the Taff were recorded as high as 3.5m - more than triple its average of 0.95m.

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Flooding on the north side of the park near Blackweir and Pontcanna fields were flooded along with the south side near Castle Street.

The main gates of the park were closed on Monday but the park could still be accessed from entrances from Sophia Gardens and Fishers Bridge near the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Many footpaths and cycle routes were inaccessible.

a path with grass and trees: Some footpaths and fields are inaccessible © Jon Lawrance Some footpaths and fields are inaccessible

By Friday a great deal of the floodwater had subsided across the park.

But some fields and footpaths remain under a significant amount of water.

The Gorsedd Stone Circle, near Pettigrew Tea Rooms, remains waterlogged along with surrounding fields and footpaths.

Other areas badly affected earlier this week are still clogged with a significant amount of mud.

The mess left by Storm Dennis in Cardiff and Bute Park

  The mess left by Storm Dennis in Cardiff and Bute Park Bute Park remained closed on Monday, along with the Cardiff East Park and Ride in Pentwyn also flooded when the Rhymney River, which runs behind the site, overflowed - leaving vehicles engulfed in water. River levels reached 3.5m - more than triple its average of 0.95m - at midday on Sunday, but have since started to fall. Photos taken over the weekend show that floodwater was so high it rose above the wheels of a silver minivan that had been left in the car park and almost entirely submerged three cars.

a group of people standing around a pond: The Gorsedd Stone Circle remains waterlogged © Jon Lawrance The Gorsedd Stone Circle remains waterlogged

Cardiff City Council has arranged a volunteer clean up of the park on Saturday.

The group said it will meet just downstream from Blackweir Bridge, on the Blackweir Woods/North Road side at 9.45am for a 10am start.

A spokesman for Cardiff Council said: " Following the flooding caused by Storm Dennis, Cardiff Council has organised a volunteer clean-up operation at Bute Park tomorrow and all volunteers are asked to meet the Park Rangers at Coopers Fields at 10.30am for a short health and safety briefing before the clean-up begins.

"All volunteers are asked to wear suitable clothing, bring their own gloves and wear either Wellington Boots or alternative suitable footwear. If anyone has their own litter picking equipment, please bring it along as well.

"By working together, we can all make a difference and clean up one of Cardiff’s most loved parks, which is without doubt, a Jewel in Cardiff’s Crown."

Flood alert issued for River Taff covering Merthyr, Valleys, Pontypridd and Cardiff .
It comes nearly two weeks after Storm Dennis battered Wales causing widespread flooding on the TaffThe alert status changed at 11.41am on Friday, February 28, as heavy rain battered the region with more to come.

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