Danger warning as floods could still be hazardous


Rebecca Cole

EMERGENCY services are still warning people to stay away from floodwaters as river levels start to fall.

Homes were evacuated and the body of an elderly lady was found in a flooded home in St Asaph.

In Flintshire, a hospital lost all road connection and Wrexham suffered flooded roads and fields.

The Environment Agency is continuing to warn people about the dangers of flood water and is advising people not to attempt to walk or drive through it.

In Wrexham yesterday floodwaters began to recede and roads reopened.

Cllr Rodney Skelland, who represents Bronington including Bangor-on-Dee, said the village was returning to normal as roads which had been flooded, including the A525 and the straight mile, began to drain.

More than 400 residents in the area had been warned by the Environment Agency their properties could be at risk but none were damaged. “The village itself has coped really well.

“I think the main concern for residents has been the blocked roads but if people stuck to the diversions they shouldn’t have been delayed too much.”

Meanwhile, in Rossett, where temporary flood barriers were installed to protect the community, the beer garden of The Alyn pub was completely submerged by water.
Flood defences prevented any damage to the building itself.

Speaking yesterday barman Gareth Williams said: “The river level has gone right down.

“Everything’s back to normal and it’s business as usual.”

Trails in Loggerheads Country Park in Mold were closed due to flooding after a stream burst its banks but the site was open to the public yesterday.

And access to Delfryn House and Delfryn Lodge hospitals, which had been cut off, was reopened after floodwater in Argoed Hall Lane receded.

Denbighshire authorities were still working to reduce flooding as quickly as possible, including pumping away floodwater in St Asaph and Rhuddlan.

The Mayor of St Asaph, Cllr John Roberts, launched a flood relief fund to raise money for residents who lost possessions in the floods.

Speaking yesterday a spokesman for the relief effort in the city said: “A continuous assessment of water pumping requirements will be made throughout the day and a close eye will be kept on the flood warnings which remain in place.

“The main focus remains the preservation of life and keeping the community safe and we will continue work with our multi-agency partners to ensure this is maintained.

“We will also work to assist with assessing the long-term clear-up operation.”

Graham Hillier from Environment Agency Wales said: “We understand this is a very difficult time for those who were affected by flooding and our sympathies go out to those whose homes have been affected. Over the coming weeks we will be conducting a thorough assessment of the flood defences in the area and identifying whether repairs are required and improvements can be made for the future.”

l The devastated family of 91-year-old Margaret ‘Maggie’ Hughes, who died during the St Asaph flooding, have paid tribute to a mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was due to celebrate her 92nd birthday today and was described as“full of life”, independent, strong-willed and having a real sense of humour and fun. Speaking from their Denbighshire home, Margaret’s family said despite her frailty and age she was still very active and loved nothing more than entertaining her grandchildren and great grandchildren with cups of tea and mince pies.

A family spokesman said: “She came from that ‘old stock’ of Welsh farmers who carried on regardless , never complained or moaned and always put the wishes of others before her own.”

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