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Cyclist found dead in Ruthin

Police were called to the scene at midday on Saturday Credit: ITV News Wales

Police have launched an investigation after a cyclist was found dead after he is believed to have come off his bike in North Wales.

The man, who is believed to be from Stockport was found in Lon Cae Glas - a country lane in Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Ruthin at around midday yesterday.

The police, ambulance and air ambulance service attended the scene where the man was pronounced dead.

Police said inquiries were continuing to find out what happened.

Denbighshire floods: One year on

The Glasdir estate last November Credit: PA

Residents on the Glasdir Estate in Ruthin will join together today to mark a year since the devastating floods last year.

122 homes were flooded on the estate in Denbighshire last year, when the River Clwyd burst its banks.

A report in September blamed blocked culverts for the flooding

Flood relief work is due to start in the area before Christmas.

Hundreds of homes in nearby St Asaph were also flooded when the River Elwy burst its banks.

Villagers raise £40,000 to save local pub near Ruthin

The villagers need £90,000 to buy the Glan Llyn Inn Credit: Clawddnewydd 'Save our Pub' group

Local residents of Clawddnewydd near Ruthin, are digging deep into their pockets to help save their beloved pub.

Villagers have already raised over £40,000 but need £90,000 if they are to keep the Glan Llyn Inn open.

The residents are working with the Denbighshire Enterprise Agency to put a business plan in place and have been putting on a range of fundraising events to help reach their target.

The 'Save Our Pub' committee have applied for a loan to cover the outstanding funds.

Blocked culverts played a part in Ruthin floods

A council chief executive has admitted that lessons need to be learned after floods devastated more than 120 homes on a new housing estate. But he says it isn't right to blame the local authority for the failure of the flood defences in Ruthin.

Culverts were blocked after heavy rain and a report to Denbighshire council recommends spending a quarter of a million pounds on improvements -and appointing flood wardens. But the victims still want to know who was responsible for the disaster, as Ian Lang reports.

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Report finds blocked culverts played a part in flooding

121 homes were flooded on the estate last November Credit: PA

The cost of improving flood defences for a North Wales community where more than 100 homes were inundated will run to around a quarter of a million pounds says a report.A total of 121 homes were flooded on the Glasdir Estate Ruthin in November last year.

Following the flooding, an independent report was commissioned to try and establish why the floods happened and how defences could be improved, but the investigation didn't aim to allocate blame or fault.

The report said that culverts near the estate play a vital role in reducing flood risk.But on the day culvert screens were blocked by between 65 and 95 percent, mostly by vegetation.It was believed the flood defences were of a high standard so the estate was not on a list of high risk areas.

Recommendations include heightening existing flood defences, introducing an inspection and maintenance regime and the creation of a network of flood wardens.The council say the measures proposed will give people living on the estate confidence that the flood defences will protect their homes.

The report will go before Denbighshire Council later this month.

Report in 'devastating' floods to be published

An independent report into last year's devastating floods on the newly built Glasdir estate on the outskirts of Ruthin will be published today. On the 27th November last year, after days of heavy rainfall, residents woke to floodwater pouring into their houses. More than 100 homes were affected.

An initial report produced by Environment Agency Wales last year concluded the flooding was caused by a combination of factors, one of which was that debris blocked culverts which prevented water from draining away from the houses.

But Denbighshire Council commissioned an independent report, saying that there were still a number of unanswered questions.

Nearby St Asaph was also badly affected Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Many residents spent months out of their homes as a massive clean-up got underway.

Work begins to reduce St Asaph flood risk

St Asaph flooded overnight in November 2012, with hundreds of homes and businesses left devastated Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Work is underway to reduce the risk of further flooding in the Denbighshire city of St Asaph.

The eight-month-long programme will see trees and bushes cleared from a four-mile-long section of the river Elwy to help water flow away quicker when floods threaten.

St Asaph was devastated by floods in November last year, with hundreds of homes and businesses affected.

Tim Jones from Natural Resources Wales said: “While we can’t prevent all flooding, there is a lot we can do to reduce the risk.

“The people of St Asaph know all too well the devastating impact that flooding can have and the start of this work marks another step in the journey to reduce flood risk for low-lying parts."

Report finds cause of Ruthin estate flooding

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.

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