Dozens rescued from campsite after Storm Francis flash floods wreak havoc

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Some 30 campers, including one who was assisted by paramedics, were rescued overnight by firefighters after Storm Francis sparked flash flooding in Pembrokeshire.

12 caravans were also pulled to safety during a two-and-a-half-hour rescue operation to evacuate holidaymakers from a campsite at Wiseman's Bridge in Pembrokeshire.

The campsite, which is set back off the road that runs along the seafront at the popular holiday spot, was underwater by morning and campers were forced to wade to dry land, Wales Online reported.

While some people were able to get their caravans out, others left their tents in place and grabbed the possessions they could. High tide hit just after 11am which only exacerbated the situation.

The Wiseman's Bridge Inn, which owns the campsite, said: "Sadly our campsite is currently underwater. Unfortunately, lots of holidays have been cut short this morning due to the storm causing havoc.

"We are now currently experiencing high tide, so please take care parking on the front, walking and cycling in these extreme conditions.

"Thank you very much to our local fire brigade for their amazing assistance."

A spokesman for the Mid and West Fire Service said: "At 9.13am this morning crews from Tenby and Narberth attended a flooding incident at a caravan park in Wiseman’s Bridge, Narberth.

"Approximately 30 occupants were evacuated from the site, with assistance from the Fire Service. 12 caravans were removed from the site, with assistance from the site owner.

"Firefighters administered medical treatment to a male casualty before transferring him to the care of the Ambulance Service. The Fire Service left the incident at 11:48am."

On Monday evening, Pembrokeshire County Council closed Amroth’s seafront due to the high severity of sea spray, waves and debris covering the road.

Pembrokeshire County Council said that the worst of the rainfall should be moving north with the possibility of isolated showers, but the Met Office is expecting winds to pick up this afternoon and evening with gusts of 60 to 70mph in exposed areas.

Elsewhere in the county, the Sageston to Tenby road at Gumfreston is still closed due to flooding and may remain so for some time, while Carew Bridge was temporarily closed after it went underwater from the high tide.

Just over the border in Carmarthenshire, another campsite disappeared underwater and fire crews from Whitland, Carmarthen and Swansea Central all rushed to assist.

Nine people and two dogs had to be rescued from the flooded Lakeside Leisure Camping and Caravanning Site near St Clears, which lies on the usually tranquil banks of the Dewi Fawr river.

Crews arrived at 6.52am and used a swift rescue sledge, lines and wading gear to get people to safety. Ambulance Services weren't required and one casualty was taken to a doctors' surgery.

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