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Fundraising for Rhyl's flood victims

Today's bad weather comes a little over two weeks after storm surges overwhelmed homes around Rhyl's coast road.

The latest figures from Denbighshire council say a 130 homes were caught up in the flood.

54 people have been rehoused - that's not including the people who've had to move in with friends or relatives.

Rob Shelley has been back to Rhyl where a concert has taken place for the town's families who have been forced out of their homes at Christmas.

Reassurance for flood-hit Rhyl residents

Rhyl was hit by flooding earlier this month. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Denbighshire County Council says Trading standards Officers and Police are working together after reports of cowboy builders 'looking to exploit the damage and devastation caused by the recent floods.'

People were rescued by the RNLI from the floods in Rhyl. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire's Public Protection Manager:

'We have seen examples of traders operating in the area and some may try and take advantage of the victims of the floods in Rhyl.'

'This is an upsetting time for all those who have suffered damage to their homes, and we don’t want anyone to be taken advantage of whilst in this vulnerable state.'

Acting Inspector Aled Eynon at Rhyl Police station:

'In addition to the enhanced CCTV coverage in the area, we are continuing to provide increased police patrols to reassure the residents and to deter any would-be criminals.'

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Fire in Rhyl after explosion of oxygen cylinder

An elderly couple in Rhyl managed to make their own way out of their home unharmed after a fire broke out, following an explosion of an oxygen cylinder.

It's thought that the oxygen line connected to the cylinder in the couple's bedroom was ignited by a cigarette.

Fire crews were called to the house on Molineaux Road in the early hours of this morning where there was fire damage to the bedroom and heat and smoke damage to the rest of the house.

This incident highlights the extreme damage which can be caused when cigarettes or naked flames come into contact with pressurised containers.

This couple was extremely lucky to escape unharmed – we could so very easily have been dealing with another tragedy here in North Wales.

It is highly likely that had there been anyone in the property when this cylinder exploded that they would have suffered fatal blast and burn injuries.

This is not the first incident of this type in the region, we have previous incidents that have resulted in serious injury and tragically the loss of life.

– Gary Brandrick, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to follow the safety instructions given to patients who require oxygen in their treatment and never smoke when it is in use or nearby.

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New bridge over Rhyl harbour

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The bridge closes the gap in the coastal path Credit: Denbighshire Council

Paralympic cyclist, Mark Colbourne, will open a spectacular new bridge over the harbour in Rhyl today. 'Pont Y Ddraig' will close the final gap in the National Cycle Network route that runs along the north Wales coast.

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The bridge lifts to allow boats through into the harbour Credit: Denbighshire Council

Rhyl RNLI lifeboat rescues 37-foot cruiser

The vessel suffered from engine failure off Abergele Credit: RNLI

The crew of Rhyl's All-weather and Inshore lifeboats had been out on an exercise for five hours when they were alerted to a 37-foot power motor cruiser that had suffered from engine failure off Abergele.

The vessel was on a passage from Conwy marina to Rhyl, when its engines suddenly stopped working and could not be restarted.

The lifeboat crew were just completing their planned exercise and had to re-launch.

The lifeboat was on the scene within 15 minutes and the cruiser was then towed to Rhyl harbour.

Free-running teen defends Rhyl bridge stunt

Two teenage boys from Rhyl found themselves being called 'idiots' and 'morons' yesterday when pictures of them walking across a bridge appeared in national newspapers. They were doing it as part of a sport known as free-running

Whilst the teenagers involved say they probably won't do it again, they insist what they were doing was safe. Under no circumstances should their stunts be recreated.

Ian Lang reports.

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