CHAOTIC scenes were avoided yesterday as the St Jude storm which devastated parts of the UK largely bypassed the region.
Wet and windy weather was predicted across Wrexham, Flintshire and Chester yesterday but the super-storm, which saw winds of up to 100mph in various parts of Britain, failed to materialise as expected in the region.
Natural Resources Wales had warned of flooding in Flintshire and Wrexham as a result of ‘heavy and persistent’ rainfall on Sunday night.
But services across the region were left largely unaffected, with the storm tracking further south and east. There were few instances of flash flooding, as seen in parts of the region during Friday afternoon’s heavy rain.
A Met Office spokesman said: “Wrexham and Flintshire were always due to the north of the storm centre so won’t have had as high winds and heavy rain as further south across England.”
Forecasters said just 5mm of rain fell in the region from midnight on Sunday to 1pm on Monday and recorded wind speeds only reached a maximum of 15mph.
Steve Jones, head of streetscene at Flintshire Council, said: “There were some highways flooding instances on Friday afternoon in the north of the county. However, there was no further reports over the weekend.”
Wrexham Council reported no major problems. A Dee Valley Water spokesperson said it was a unaffected by the rainfall.
One incident relating to the weather was reported to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service over the weekend.
They were called to reports of flooding inside a house on Abbey Road, Llangollen.
The problem was caused by rain and the road outside was also flooded.
“We did not take any action and the council were informed,” added a fire service spokesman.
Racegoers at Bangor-on-Dee racecourse were less lucky, with yesterday’s planned meeting cancelled after a 6.30am ground inspection determined parts of the track were not fit for racing.
Monday’s meet was the second to be cancelled this year, after unexpected snowfall in March.
Jeannie Chantler, general manager at the racecourse, said: “A lot of work has been done on the drainage on the track over recent years, which has helped on other days, but sadly the amount of rain over the past week has made it impossible today.
“Of course it has an impact. That is two days out of 16 we have lost but we will be back racing next month. We still have a further four meetings in 2013, and hope the weather is kinder to us for the remainder of the year.”
In Chester, Cheshire West and Chester Council duty engineers and extra Ringway maintenance crews were on alert in case the predicted storms hit the region.
Winds were expected to reach up to 70 mph for a short time between 3am and 9am yesterday and engineers were on standby to deal with any reports of trees falling down and blocking roads or blocked road gullies caused by tree debris and heavy rain. But Chester and the surrounding area also escaped the worst of the weather.
Effects of the storm were felt more keenly further to the south of the UK, where deaths were recorded yesterday.
A teenager in Kent and a man in Watford were killed by falling trees, while a man and a woman died in west London after a falling tree caused a suspected gas explosion and house collapse.
Network Rail reported “worse than expected” damage to railway lines after more than 100 trees fell on tracks, mostly in southern and western England.