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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North Wales storm forces hundreds to leave homes

Hundreds of people have been forced to leave their homes today as the North Wales coastline was battered by severe weather conditions.

In Rhyl, 400 people have been affected as homes in several streets were flooded. Talacre was evacuated amid fears that waves would breach a sea wall, and two people had to be rescued by Barmouth RNLI crews after their cabin cruiser was swept up on Borthwen Beach.

Other parts of Wales have seen terrible conditions too. Strong winds brought down a 50 tonne tree onto a car on the A470 near Abergavenny, though the two occupants escaped without serious injury.

Meanwhile North Wales Police have urged those forced out of their homes to call a special number, 01492 518 383, to confirm they are safe.

You can also call that number if you are worried about relatives in the area.

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North Wales Police confirm extra patrols in flood areas

North Wales Police have announced that extra patrols will be out tonight policing properties affected by today’s flooding in Kimnel Bay and Rhyl.

Police are also reminding anyone who evacuated a flooded property in the Garford Road area of Rhyl to stay with relatives or friends to contact them immediately, if they haven’t already done so.

The number to call is 01492 5138383.

– North Wales Police

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Seven residential roads hit by flooding in Rhyl

The residential roads affected by flooding in Rhyl are:

  • Eaton Avenue
  • Ridgeway Avenue
  • Garford Road
  • Carlisle Avenue
  • Hilton Drive
  • Knowles Avenue
  • Brynhedydd Bay

Ysgol Bryn Hedydd, Rhyl has been evacuated and children taken to the Rest Centre at Rhyl Leisure Centre. There is no imminent danger of the school flooding - but the children have been moved as a precautionary measure.

Sandbags were placed on the Coast Road in Rhyl earlier in the day and this has limited the extent of the flooding.

– Denbighshire County Council

Two rescued after boat goes adrift on Borthwen Beach

Two people had to be rescued by Barmouth RNLI this morning after their cabin cruiser swept up on Borthwen Beach.

The 21ft vessel had gone adrift from the pontoon in the harbour, ending up near the railway bridge.

RNLI crews said the boat was being lashed by waves in gale force conditions on the rocks when they arrived.

With help, the couple managed to scramble up the railway embankment to safety.

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