Region wakes up to effects of hurricane-force winds

Published date: 13 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE region is waking up to the effects of hurricane-force winds overnight after a fierce storm struck.

Temporary traffic lights are in place on Mold Road, Wrexham, after panels from the Racecourse Ground’s Mold Road stand roof were blown off by the gales. Repairs are underway to the stand.

One side of the road is closed causing major tailbacks for motorists around the Mold Road roundabout.

Over 40,000 homes across North and Mid Wales are without power according to Scottish Power with engineers trying their best to restore the power as soon as possible.

A huge tree came down overnight on Rhosnesni Lane, Acton, with the clear-up operation in place on Thursday morning.

North Wales Fire and Rescue confirmed they were called to a hotel on High Street, Ruabon, at 5.06am to take down an overhanging sign which had become a danger to the public. One crew from Wrexham attended.

Several schools have been closed today due to loss of power and damage. They are: Ysgol y Waun, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog CP, Penycae CP, Ysgol Grango & Ysgol Cynddelw.

Delph Road, Overton Road, Bowling Bank and Griffin Hill all re-opened in the early hours of Thursday morning across Wrexham after fallen trees and branches were removed.

Residents in Farndon, Holt and Bangor-on-Dee once again woke up to flooding as the River Dee continued to overflow into the villages. The Met Office predicted a month’s rainfall would fall between Wednesday and Saturday in the region.

The Straight Mile road at Bangor-on-Dee is also shut.

The A525 in both directions is closed due to flooding between B5426 for Bangor-on-Dee and B5130 Cross Lanes.

Wrexham Council confirmed the road remains closed despite some motorists moving the cones and ignoring signs.

North Wales Police are asking anyone intending to travel through the region today to check ahead before setting off.

 Chief Inspector Darren Wareing at North Wales Police said: “I’d strongly advise motorists to check with Traffic Wales and commuters with bus and train companies to ensure roads are clear and train and bus services are in operation.

"It may take a day or two for things to settle and my advice would be to postpone or delay any journey unless necessary as there are likely to be delays.

 “In particular I’d like to appeal to HGVs intending to travel onto Anglesey for the Irish Ferries to consider alternate routes, postponing or delaying the crossing or parking up off the Island until the Britannia Bridge fully reopens.

 “I’m grateful for the understanding and cooperation shown so far by the travelling public and I hope they can extend their good will until we can return to normality.”

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