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Tributes paid to flood victim as recovery efforts begin

'Maggie' Hughes lost her life amid the flood water of St Asaph Photo: Family photograph

The family of a 91-year-old woman who was found dead in her flooded home in St Asaph yesterday have described her as 'independent and strong-willed, with a real sense of humour and fun.'

Margaret Hughes, known as 'Maggie', would have celebrated her 92nd birthday on Thursday. Her family say 'she was still very active and loved nothing more than entertaining her grandchildren and great grandchildren with cups of tea and mince pies with which she would overwhelm them particularly at Christmas.'

Her daughter and four grandsons and granddaughter say Margaret came from that 'old stock' of Welsh farmers, who never complained, and 'always put the wishes of others before her own.' They say they are 'devastated' by her unexpected death.

Hundreds of other people have been returning to their homes in St Asaph today, and coming to terms with the devastation which has been inflicted. The shock is being replaced by anger and frustration that so much damage could be done. Rob Shelley reports on the fight to restore normality in a flood-torn city.