Denbighshire floods recovery

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Service held to give hope to St Asaph flood victims

A special service has been held at St Asaph cathedral this afternoon to give hope to those hit by last week's flooding.

Hundreds of people were left homeless in the city and surrounding area when the River Elwy burst its banks.

Tomorrow the Prince of Wales is due to visit the worst-hit areas to offer his support and to thank the emergency services involved in the rescue and clean-up operations.

Rob Shelley reports.

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Service held to remember St Asaph flood victim

Margaret Hughes would have been 92 years old on Thursday Credit: Family / North Wales Police

A service is underway at St Asaph Cathedral in memory of 91-year-old Margaret Hughes, who died during last week's floods.

The Dean of St Asaph said prayers and reflections will take place in the theme of 'Light in our Darkness'.

The service is also intended to provide hope and comfort to residents, many of whom face being homeless for Christmas.

Services held following St Asaph floods

Cathedral and church services will be held today in memory of 91-year-old Margaret Hughes, who lost her life during the St Asaph floods.

The Dean of St Asaph said prayers and reflections will take place in the theme of 'Light in our Darkness' to provide hope and comfort to residents. Candles will also be lit by members of the community.

The tiny city was left devastated when the River Elwy burst its banks on Tuesday, with many facing the prospect of being homeless for Christmas.

Prince Charles to visit St Asaph following floods

The Prince of Wales wants to offer his support to residents of the tiny city, which has been devastated by flooding Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales will visit St Asaph on Monday to offer his support to flood victims and thank members of the emergency services.

The city was submerged on Tuesday when the River Elwy burst its banks following days of persistent rain.

Hundreds of properties were affected and many families have been forced out of their homes as Christmas approaches.

A spokeswoman for Clarence House said: "Following the terrible floods across areas of the United Kingdom in the past few days, The Prince of Wales is keen to thank emergency services and lend his support to some of the residents affected.

"The Prince decided to visit St Asaph because the city has been particularly badly hit by the flooding, with over 180 homes in St Asaph affected."

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Inquest: St Asaph flood victim Margaret Hughes 'drowned'

'Maggie' Hughes was found dead in her flooded home Credit: Family picture

An inquest in North Wales has been told that a woman found dead in her St Asaph home during Tuesday's floods drowned.

Margaret Hughes - known as 'Maggie' - died two days before her 92nd birthday.

A post-mortem examination provisionally found her death to have been caused by drowning.

Acting coroner for North Wales Central John Gittins adjourned the inquest until a late date.

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