Emergency services are continuing to battle the after-effects of Storm Christoph, with whole communities forced to abandon their homes while three danger to life warnings remain in place.

And temperatures are set to plummet to -10C.

Two months of rain fell in three days, amid further snow and gale force winds leaving terrified families in temporary accommodation while rescue crews risked their lives to save those swept up in the flash floods.

Eight streets were suddenly engulfed in water in Skewen in South Wales after a mineshaft is thought to have burst on Thursday.

Discoloured water mixed with slurry in the Goshen Park area has led authorities to speculate a build up of pressure was too much for the rusting mine workings, reports Wales Online.

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Elderly residents are evacuated from a local care home by Fire and Rescue emergency services personnel
Care home residents were rescued by firefighters

Emergency services, meanwhile, are continuing to support communities in areas of Cheshire where more than 150 residents were evacuated, police have said.

This includes care home residents in Northwich - among 48 forced to flee - who had to be rescued by firefighters yesterday.

A spokesman for Cheshire Constabulary said a further 100 people were evacuated in Warrington and four in Farndon.

Emergency services were called to Skewen following reports of a large number of properties being evacuated due to flooding
A suspected mineshaft collapse in Skewen has led to the streets filling with slurry
Emergency services were called to Skewen following reports of a large number of properties being evacuated due to flooding
Scores of families have been evacuated from their homes

Superintendent Julie Westgate said: "Whilst the heavy rain has stopped and flood waters are subsiding, a number of flood alerts and road closures remain in place and we are urging people to be aware of these and to only travel if it is absolutely essential.

"If you do need to go out please take extra care and allow more time for this as there is a risk of surface water flooding and weather-related debris in places."

Flooding along the River Dee has seen the Environment Agency place a severe flood warning in Farndon, while Natural Resources Wales have done the same in Bangor and the Lower Dee Valley.

Met Office weather alert
The Met Office has said the weather will take on a more wintry feel in the coming days

A total of 163 further flood warnings and 158 alerts are in place across England for Friday, seven warnings and 19 alerts in Wales.

Four flood alerts have been issued by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

The  Met Office has now said that conditions are going to be "more wintry now" as the storm moves away to the east.

With the coming days set for subzero temperatures.

Yellow snow and ice warnings remain in place until later this morning.