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St Asaph Floods: Situation is stabilising says Council

Published date: 27 November 2012 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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FLOODING has eased throughout North Denbighshire.

Latest reports say 400 homes have been affected in St Asaph and between ten and 15 properties in Rhuddlan have been evacuated including Castle View Retail Park where KFC and Morfa Rhuddlan have been hit.

In a statement released at 7pm on Tuesday council bosses say the situation is stabilising and the rivers have now stopped over topping and the latest high tide has had no impact on the flooding.

The fire and rescue service is using high volume pumps to pump the water away from flooded areas where possible and Denbighshire Council staff are cleaning up where possible.

One person is expected to stay at the St Asaph rest centre overnight .

There are enough volunteers to cover overnight and supermarkets, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, as well as Ysbyty Glan Clwyd have donated food, medical equipment, bedding and clothing.

St Asaph schools Ysgol Esgob Morgan and Ysgol Glan Clwyd will remain closed tomorrow (Wednesday).

Emergency services are continuing to check properties in the search for  any vulnerable people who may remain in flooded areas.

The search areas are presently  concentrated on St Asaph where around 500 properties have been evacuated.

Pumps are in place to make sure Ysbyty Glan Clwyd remains open.

Police will also be providing extra patrols in areas where people are unable to return to their homes and are urging anyone concerned  for  vulnerable family or friends, who live in affected areas and who they haven’t  been able to contact to ring 101.

Meanwhile residents are being urged, for their own safety,  not to return to their property until they have been told it is safe to do so, to listen to local radio and check websites for information on flood areas and road closures.

Mohammed Mehmet, Denbighshire County Council's Chief Executive, said:  “Today has been a difficult day for many people affected by flooding, not only in St Asaph, Ruthin and Rhuddlan, but also in other communities.

“Even though we are still in the response stage, work has already started to plan for the recovery phase. A series of sub groups have been set up to look at each area of priority such as welfare, clean up and temporary accommodation and housing needs.

We have had a number of offers of help from the public, voluntary groups and neighbouring Councils and we are extremely grateful for their kind offers'.

“We have been doing everything we can and have primarily focussed our efforts on the immediate emergency, ensuring that people are warm, fed and safe and rehoused where possible.

“I have been proud of the Council's response, many working through the night and in difficult circumstances to try and deal with the on-going situation.  Teams of staff from many departments have dealt with an extensive number of enquiries from the public and the media and I would like to thank them for their professional and co-ordinated approach to dealing with what can only be described as unprecedented situation for many.

“Staff have worked closely with volunteers from the British Red Cross in the running of two rest centres and with the other emergency services in dealing with the developing situation during the day.

Residents can access public health information by visiting: www.hpa.org.uk  or  www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/43887

 

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