Denbighshire floods recovery

Efforts are continuing to reduce the risk of flooding in St Asaph and Ruthin after the devastating events of 2012.

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Work begins to reduce St Asaph flood risk

St Asaph flooded overnight in November 2012, with hundreds of homes and businesses left devastated Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Work is underway to reduce the risk of further flooding in the Denbighshire city of St Asaph.

The eight-month-long programme will see trees and bushes cleared from a four-mile-long section of the river Elwy to help water flow away quicker when floods threaten.

St Asaph was devastated by floods in November last year, with hundreds of homes and businesses affected.

Tim Jones from Natural Resources Wales said: “While we can’t prevent all flooding, there is a lot we can do to reduce the risk.

“The people of St Asaph know all too well the devastating impact that flooding can have and the start of this work marks another step in the journey to reduce flood risk for low-lying parts."

Report finds cause of Ruthin estate flooding

A report into flooding at the Glasdir Estate in Ruthin has found that a combination of factors caused the flooding of more than 100 homes.

The report, produced by Environment Agency Wales for the Welsh Government, concluded that;

  • debris blocking culverts stopped flood water from draining to the floodplain on the other side of the dual carriageway
  • gradients on the opposite side of the culvert meant that flood water could not drain to the wider floodplain and flood relief channel
  • heavily saturated ground in the lead up to the event as well as the sheer length of time the river Clwyd was in flood were also important factors

This report is an important part of our work to understand exactly what caused the flooding at the Glasdir housing estate.It is now important for those concerned to work together and learn the lessons from these floods. The report will help in assessing what steps are required to reduce the risk of flooding at Glasdir and improve flood risk management for communities across Wales.

– John Griffiths, Environment Minister

The report which is being distributed to the homes that were affected concludes that the earth bund which protects the Glasdir estate was overtopped due to these factors.

The Agency’s flood experts produced a model of the event to replicate the flooding on 27 November.

An investigation of the site, evidence from eye-witnesses, and photographic evidence showed that

the culverts would need to have been 85% blocked in order to cause the flooding of the estate.

The report will now be shared with relevant bodies and organisations to reduce the risk in the future.


Council moves CCTV to flood hit areas

The cameras are all connected to the CCTV monitoring room which is operational 24 hrs a day. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Denbighshire Council have relocated 4 CCTV cameras to provide further reassurance to the public in the areaswhich were most affected by the floods.

Denbighshire's Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, Councillor David Smith:

"The cameras will help provide reassurance to owners of empty properties and act as an additional deterrent to would-be criminals or anyone hoping to take advantage of potentially vulnerable home owners and families in the months ahead."

Flood victims unable to return home for Christmas

The floods in St Asaph and surrounding areas left many homeless for Christmas Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Following the recent flooding in St Asaph, almost 20 households will be forced to spend the festive period in temporary accommodation.

Significant damage to numerous properties across Denbighshire has meant that some residents have spent the last few weeks at the Robin Hood Holiday Camp in Rhyl.

Of all the properties flooded, 17 were damaged to such an extent that their occupants will not be able to move back until 2013.


Flood victims 'need more support'

There are calls for more support for the many families who were driven out of their homes in the St Asaph and Ruthin floods. Many of them didn't have full insurance and even those with cover face months in temporary accommodation.

There are also fresh fears about cowboy builders targetting the most vulnerable, as Ian Lang reports.

Free childcare for families hit by St Asaph flooding

Free childcare today has been offered to families affected by the recent flooding in St Asaph. Children's activities at St Asaph Leisure Centre have also been organised by Denbighshire County Council between 10am and 2pm.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes as flood waters rose Credit: Dave Thompson / PA Wire / Press Association Images

Jamie Groves, from the council, says: 'The event held at Ruthin Leisure Centre [last] Saturday was very well attended. Staff arranging the event have said they felt humbled to offer some kind of practical support that would entertain the children and provide them with a bit of normality.'

It's also meant 'to provide their parents with some time to carry out essential jobs. We hope that people affected by flooding in St Asaph take up this opportunity, but to also visit the Advice Centre at the library for any further information and support they require.'

Prince Charles visits victims of flooding in St Asaph

Anglesey's most famous residents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first baby.

The announcement was made just two hours ago after the Duchess was taken to hospital in London with what is being described as severe morning sickness.

The news just hours after Prince Charles left St Asaph where he had been meeting some of the victims and the rescuers who were involved in the floods.

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