DRIVERS have been urged to avoid the Bangor-on-Dee area after floods brought on by Storm Franklin.

The River Dee has been at an extremely high level as a result of the weather seen over the past week.

Numerous flood alerts were put in place in the area early last week and after days of heavy winds and rain, the river levels are still extremely high with a flood alert still in place in the lower Dee Valley areas.

The river levels near Bangor-on-Dee have caused flooding to the roads into and out of the village. The main route in and out is now through Overton after other roads were closed.

Whitchurch Herald:

On Monday afternoon (February 21), the river level in Bangor was 15.764m and falling, the highest level ever recorded at the Dee at Bangor on Dee is 16.35m, reached on Sunday February 6 2011.

While the roads and surrounding fields have seen heavy flooding, there is no threat of property flooding at the minute.

However, Wrexham Council is pleading with motorists to avoid the area where possible.

Pictures posted to social media on Monday showed cars attempting to drive through the floods before becoming stuck.

A spokesperson for Wrexham Council said on Tuesday, February 22: "The A525 and Straight Mile at Bangor-on-Dee remain closed and are expected to be so for the next day or so. We’re asking drivers not to drive through flooded roads and use diversions."

Bangor-on-Dee has suffered severe flooding in years gone by.

In January 2021, residents were evacuated from their homes when Storm Christoph hit North Wales.