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Flood victims unable to return home for Christmas

The floods in St Asaph and surrounding areas left many homeless for Christmas Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Following the recent flooding in St Asaph, almost 20 households will be forced to spend the festive period in temporary accommodation.

Significant damage to numerous properties across Denbighshire has meant that some residents have spent the last few weeks at the Robin Hood Holiday Camp in Rhyl.

Of all the properties flooded, 17 were damaged to such an extent that their occupants will not be able to move back until 2013.


Free childcare for families hit by St Asaph flooding

Free childcare today has been offered to families affected by the recent flooding in St Asaph. Children's activities at St Asaph Leisure Centre have also been organised by Denbighshire County Council between 10am and 2pm.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes as flood waters rose Credit: Dave Thompson / PA Wire / Press Association Images

Jamie Groves, from the council, says: 'The event held at Ruthin Leisure Centre [last] Saturday was very well attended. Staff arranging the event have said they felt humbled to offer some kind of practical support that would entertain the children and provide them with a bit of normality.'

It's also meant 'to provide their parents with some time to carry out essential jobs. We hope that people affected by flooding in St Asaph take up this opportunity, but to also visit the Advice Centre at the library for any further information and support they require.'

In pictures: Glyndwr University 'Big Bang' project

Engineers at Glyndwr University St. Asaph are working on the world's largest telescope, which aims to help mankind see to within a millisecond of the 'Big Bang'.

A team of 15 engineers are polishing seven prototype mirrors using advanced technology.

Glyndwr University St Asaph, home to engineers working on the telescope Credit: Working Word PR
An artist's impression of the finished telescope, also known as ‘the world’s largest eye on the sky’ Credit: Working Word PR
A 10m test tower set up in the lab to test the mirrors Credit: Working Word PR
Engineers polish the mirrors using advanced machines Credit: Working Word PR
Precision polishing of a glass mirror for the telescope Credit: Working Word PR


Glyndwr University St Asaph's 'Big Bang' engineers

Engineers at Glyndwr University St. Asaph are working on a €5m project aiming to help mankind see to within a millisecond of the 'Big Bang'.

A team of 15 engineers are working on prototype mirrors for the 39m telescope, which will be the largest optical and nera-infrared telescope in the world.

The telescope, due to be built in Chile in 2023, will eventually need over 900 specialist mirrors.

Glyndwr University says it is determined to secure the manufacturing of the mirrors in north-east Wales. It's claimed the move could create over 60 jobs and contribute €150m to the local economy.

Education Minister Leighton Andrews will visit the university this afternoon to view its work.

Prince Charles visits victims of flooding in St Asaph

Anglesey's most famous residents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first baby.

The announcement was made just two hours ago after the Duchess was taken to hospital in London with what is being described as severe morning sickness.

The news just hours after Prince Charles left St Asaph where he had been meeting some of the victims and the rescuers who were involved in the floods.

Service held to give hope to St Asaph flood victims

A special service has been held at St Asaph cathedral this afternoon to give hope to those hit by last week's flooding.

Hundreds of people were left homeless in the city and surrounding area when the River Elwy burst its banks.

Tomorrow the Prince of Wales is due to visit the worst-hit areas to offer his support and to thank the emergency services involved in the rescue and clean-up operations.

Rob Shelley reports.

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