Monday 11 December 2017

More misery ahead for Welsh village hit by 85 days of rain

Eglwyswrw was five days short of beating the British record for the most consecutive days of rainfall
Eglwyswrw was five days short of beating the British record for the most consecutive days of rainfall

Residents of a Welsh village finally dry after 85 days of rain have been warned not to put their umbrellas away just yet - as more rain is on the way.

Residents of Eglwyswrw, near Cardigan, were overjoyed after getting a break in the wet weather that has blighted them since October 26.

The village was five days short of beating the British record for the most consecutive days of rainfall - set in Scotland in 1923.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "The local weather station at Whitechurch has not recorded any rainfall over the past 24 hours.

"However, rain is expected to come that way today as well as tonight."

Local farmer John Davies, 52, described the rain as being of biblical proportions.

He said: "Everyone in the village was starting to get fed up with it - even the livestock.

"Once we got some media attention about us breaking the record, it was a nice lift and we thought 'well, if it keeps raining we will be record breakers'.

"It was great to finally get a dry day yesterday - but I don't suspect it will last long."

However, there is at least a silver lining for Eglwyswrw - the village stands 423ft above sea level so never floods.

Mr Davies added: "There have been some parts in the UK who have had it a lot worse than us."

Press Association

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