Rhyl floods: Clean-up underway

A huge clean-up operation is underway in Rhyl after severe weather along the North Wales coastline left many homes flooded.

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NRW: 'No further immediate risk of flooding'

Natural Resources Wales say there is "no further immediate risk of flooding" and that the focus will now be on "supporting the communities affected" and helping the area recover.

Our thoughts are with the people who have had their homes flooded. It is a devastating experience and we are doing all we can to support them at this difficult time.

The high tides and gale force winds caused the highest tides we have seen for more than 20 years. Over the next few days the tides will not be as high and the storm surge has passed. There is no further immediate risk of flooding.

We will now focus on supporting the communities affected, the emergency services and the local authority to help the area recover.

– Tim Jones, Natural Resources Wales

Reassurance for people affected by Rhyl flooding

Denbighshire County Council and Natural Resources Wales have offered reassurance to people affected by flooding in Rhyl yesterday.

We are fully aware of the traumatic experience that people are going through and would like to do our very best to offer some kind of reassurance to them.

Events like this are very rare and Thursday's sea surge was extreme. In general, the flood defences along the coast have done their job and protected the majority of our coastline. The primary sea defences worked well and a temporary patch has been done to splash the wall. It held last night and we are confident it will continue to hold.

In terms of security, Police will have resources in the area affected by flooding and mobile CCTV cameras will also be used as added resources.

– Rebecca Maxwell, Denbighshire County Council

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Rhyl flood victims return to their devastated homes

People in Rhyl have spent the day clearing up after floods devastated homes in the resort yesterday.

An investigation has also begun into how so much damage was done in a couple of hours.

The storm surge swept into the north coast - overwhelming the sea defences.

Residents who were evacuated yesterday have been returning to their damaged homes today, with some telling ITV News they would attempt to salvage whatever they could with Christmas just weeks away.

Rhyl flood victims return home 'to salvage anything'

People in Rhyl have spent the day clearing up after floods devastated properties in the resort yesterday.

The damage caused to homes is clear to see in the video above.

One flood victim, who was evacuated last night, told ITV News they were returning to the property to salvage 'whatever we can'.

She added: "We tried everything to stop the water but it was just coming through like a torrent."

Pictures: Flood clean-up operation continues in Rhyl

by Ian Lang

A major clean-up operation is continuing in Rhyl in the aftermath of yesterday's flooding.

The damage to homes in the area is clear to see in these pictures.

Seven residential roads were mostly affected by the flooding in Rhyl
The clean-up operation continues in earnest today

Welsh Government Minister for Natural Resources Alun Davies has been speaking to flood victims in Rhyl this morning.

While there, he also saw for himself the breach in the flood defences.

Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies has visited flood victims in Rhyl
This breach in the sea defences at Rhyl saw hundreds of homes evacuated

Speaking to ITV News, he said the Welsh Government had already invested heavily in flood defences around the Welsh coast.

But he stressed that investment would continue, working with Natural Resources Wales and local authorities to deal with the challenges.

He also praised the work of the emergency services and Denbighshire County Council.

'Vital' that flood victims have access to help and advice

Denbighshire Councillor David Smith has appealed to Rhyl flood victims to get in touch for help and advice.

We need to make sure that people have access to the right information, at the right time and in the right place. Those affected by flooding will now be thinking about the future and they will have a lot of questions about health and welfare issues.

We feel it's vital that we get representatives from different agencies under the same roof, to act as a 'one-stop shop' for information.

We also want to know from people about their personal circumstances, things they are short of, things they need and other information that would assist us in helping people.

– Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment

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Information centre opens in Rhyl to help flood victims

An information centre has been set up near Rhyl Fire Station offering advice to residents following yesterday's flooding.

There will be representatives from:

  • Welfare rights
  • Housing and Supporting People
  • Council Tax
  • Family Information Service
  • Public Protection
  • Trading Standards
  • Environmental Health
  • Red Cross

Residents can access the centre until 5pm tonight and over the weekend for advice on issues such as finance and insurance, health, electrical safety and how to clean up after a flood.

A Denbighshire County Council spokesperson said: "There were no further issues of flooding to report overnight. The high tide passed at around 12.30am without any further problems.

"All those people affected by flooding have been re-housed by the Council."

Replacement buses running between Chester and Rhyl

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UPDATE: Due to damage to the sea wall, the line between Chester and Rhyl is closed. Buses will operate between these stations.

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Following yesterdays disruption; no service between Chester & Rhyl & no trains between Blaenau Ffestiniog but road transport in operation.

Storm damage continues to cause travel disruption

Arriva Trains Wales posted this picture on Twitter of the damaged sea wall at Mostyn Credit: Twitter / Arriva Trains Wales

Damage to the sea wall at Mostyn on the North Wales coast is affecting trains between Rhyl and Chester, Arriva Trains Wales advises.

The company posted this picture on Twitter of the debris resulting from yesterday's storm.

Buses will replace trains between Rhyl and Chester until further notice.

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