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.
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."
It's normally the postie's job to deliver gifts at this time of year but today a postman in Ruthin will be the one receiving a special delivery.
Following the floods earlier this month, Welsh Secretary David Jones, will visit the Glasdir Estate in Ruthin to offer his personal thanks to the postman who summoned help from the local sorting office as he began to see the water rising.
Eleven staff came out to help residents save their valuables and check that people were safe.
As a gift to say thank you the Welsh Secretary will give the staff a bottle of House of Commons scotch.
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.