Heavy rain and high tides combined to flood out a holiday park in Pembrokeshire.
Kiln Park, a caravan park run by Haven Holidays on the edge of Tenby, was inundated by water from the nearby River Ritec on Saturday.
The floodwaters were deep enough for one visitor to take the opportunity for an open water swim on Saturday, just before the park closed its gates.
The park told caravan owners the flooding was “unprecedented” and said it had made the “tough decision” to close the park and ask people to leave.
Dawn Hedden, who’s from Swansea, had been staying at the park for one last time in 2020 and was in the process of closing up her caravan for the remainder of the winter following the latest Covid restrictions.
Dawn, who said she’d been travelling to Tenby for many years, said she had never seen flooding like it before.
After her impromptu dip in the chilly water, she headed home. She said: “Many of the roads are completely flooded [and] there’s no way of driving through.
“Some caravans had water to their doors.”
A spokesperson for Kiln Park confirmed the park had been closed while they waited for the floodwaters to recede.
The River Ritec is affected by high tides and there will be another high tide at around 9.30pm on Saturday night while the river levels remain high.
You can read what the Met Office thinks the weather will be like between now and Christmas here.
The spokesman said: “We have closed the park this afternoon due to the flooding in the local area. Parks teams have been in constant dialogue with Welsh Water about the flooding which is forecast to worsen this evening.
“We only have a small number of caravan owners at the site and our team members have been in contact with owners to plan their safe departure from the site.”
In a separate message to owners, the park, which is owned by Bourne Leisure, said: “Due to the unprecedented flooding on park and our concerns for everyone’s welfare we have made the tough decision to close the park. This will be until water levels recede and the whole park can be accessed safely. Services in some areas will remain off. We will keep you all update through the face book page when normal service can resume.
“If you have any private guests on park at the moment, please contact them to advise, our team will be carrying out door knocks to advise all our guests and owners who are currently on park.”
Parts of the Brecon Beacons had the most rainfall in Wales on Friday – with 98mm falling at Llyn-y-Fan in Carmarthenshire, making it the third wettest place in the UK.
The village of Tyn-y-Waun in Bridgend county was Wales’ second wettest with 82mm (3.2in) on Friday, according to Natural Resources Wales.
That compares to Wales’ average December rainfall of 166mm (6.5in) for the whole month.
Parts of Wales were affected by deep flooding on Saturday morning while there were concerns a coal tip was in danger of slipping down the mountainside in the Rhondda valleys.