THE HIGHEST tidal surge for more than 20 years battered Rhyl, Prestatyn and Kinmel Bay yesterday.
Mayor of Rhyl, cllr Andy Rutherford, expressed his shock stating that he had heard “so many upsetting stories” after visiting affected areas. He stated that a Mayor Flood Relief Appeal was being set up and further details would be released later today.
Hundreds of residents in Rhyl were plucked from their homes on Thursday as high tides and gale forces hit the town.
Natural Resources Wales issued flood warnings to approximately 4000 homes after more than 400 residents were forced to take refuge in Rhyl Leisure Centre after their homes were left devastated.
Cllr Rutherford said: “Yesterday was a very difficult day for so many people affected by the flooding. I was at the emergency rest centre all day and spoke to so many people affected in many ways, it has been emotional for all those involved.
“I would like to pay tribute to all those involved in rescuing those affected, all the emergency services, the Red Cross, DCC staff and all the volunteers that gave up time. In addition all those who came to the centre with donations of food and clothing."
Cllr Rutherford added that he was “overwhelmed” by the amount of community spirit in Rhyl.
He said: “This has been evident all day and very much appreciated by all those affected.
“There is a lot of work to do going forward and I know that the people of Rhyl will pull together.”
Hundreds of Rhyl Journal readers expressed their support last night to victims of the flood offering mattresses, hot meals and their time.
Tim Jones from Natural Resources Wales said: “Our thoughts are with the people of Rhyl and north Wales who have had their homes flooded. It is a devastating experience.
“We will now focus on supporting the communities affected, the emergency services and the local authority to help the area recover.”
There are no more flood warnings in force for the north Wales coast. However, public transport remains disrupted.
Arriva Train Wales issued a statement detailing that the route between Chester and Rhyl would be closed until "at least Saturday" due to severe damage to the sea wall, however an hourly train service between Rhyl and Holyhead would be operating in both directions.
Replacement road transport is operating between Chester and Rhyl calling at all stations whilst customers for Deganwy and Llandudno have been advised to change at Llandudno Junction where a shuttle train service will operate.
For further information visit www.journeycheck.com/arrivatrainswales.