Region tries to recover as weather holds off

Published date: 17 February 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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SOME normality looks to be returning to the region after last week’s brutal weather.

Winds should not top 20mph today, according to the Met Office, down from the 80mph gusts experienced by parts of Flintshire and Wrexham last week.

Rain will will also be less severe, with light showers and sunny intervals forecast for throughout the day, with a top temperature of 9C.

After days of power cuts in some areas Scottish Power said they hoped to restore electricity to all homes in Wales by last night, weather permitting.

A spokesman said the company had responded to unprecedented 1,000 faults across its network and is now offering reimbursement for hot meals to all customers affected by Wednesday’s storm of £10 per person per meal. Customers should keep receipts for the meals to claim the reimbursement.

After more closures on Friday all schools in Wrexham and Flintshire will be open today.

On Saturday, both the A525 Cross Lanes to Bangor-on-Dee and the Straight Mile Bangor-on-Dee was closed due to flooding.

Friday saw some closed routes reopen.

In Flintshire, the A5104 from the A541 through to the B5101, known locally as ‘The Nant’, was reopened as well the Flintshire Bridge and Chester Road, Holywell.

But hazardous driving conditions were reported on the A55 up to junction 36A Chester Road for Broughton Shopping Park due to strong winds and rain.

St David’s Catholic Primary School in Mold was closed on Friday due to a lack of electricity and Halkyn Library was also shut due to power failure.

Electricity was restored to homes that had been off in Abermorddu, Caergwrle, Cilcain, Hendre, Llanferis and Cefn-y-Bedd, but parts of the area – including parts of the Ceiriog Valley – were without power until Saturday.

Joanne Limanski, of Mold, where gusts of around 80mph were recorded last week, was without power for 48 hours.

She said: “We have three young children and I’m pregnant.

“Not what you expect in the centre of Mold in 2014.

“I just wanted to have a bath and make some tea.”

In response to Miss Limanski’s comments a spokesman for Scottish Power said: “I have been inundated with calls and all are being registered.

“We have been answering as many as possible but some do have to go to an automated response.

“We’re doing everything in our power to get people back online and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

In Wrexham, Rhosnesni Lane remained closed on Friday due to a fallen tree between Cilcen Grove and Dean Road.

Ysgol Cynddelw CP, Glyn Ceiriog; Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog CP; St Chad’s Church in Wales Voluntary Aided Primary and St Anne’s Catholic Primary were all closed on Friday as a result of the poor conditions.

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