GALLERY: Council supports flood victims across Rhyl, Prestatyn and Kinmel Bay

Published date: 06 December 2013 |
Published by: Suzanne Jordan 
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HUNDREDS of people were rescued from their homes after gale force winds and floods battered Rhyl, Prestatyn and Kinmel Bay yesterday.

Rhyl was one of the worst affected areas, experiencing the highest tide surge in 20 years.

Denbighshire County Council (DCC) have stated that they received no further issues of flooding overnight. The high tide passed at about 12.30am without any further problems.

More than 400 residents took refuge in Rhyl Leisure Centre which had been set up as an Emergency Rest Centre. This remained open overnight as a high tide was expected and remained open this morning. All those affected by the floods have been re-housed by the Council.

An Information Centre has been set up by Rhyl Fire Station and will remain open until 5pm. The Centre will be open over the weekend between 10am and 5pm and staff from Welfare Rights, Housing and Supporting People, Council Tax, Family Information Service, Public Protection, Trading Standards, Environmental Health and the Red Cross will be on hand to help flood victims.

Advice will be offered on issues such as electrical safety, financial help, health protection, how to clean up after a flood and on insurance.

Cllr David Smith, cabinet lead member for environment, said: "We need to make sure that people have access to the right information, at the right time and in the right place. Those affected by flooding will now be thinking about the future and they will have a lot of questions about health and welfare issues. We feel it's vital that we get representatives from different agencies under the same roof, to act as a One Stop Shop for information.

"We also want to know from people about their personal circumstances, things they are short of, things they need and other information that would assist us in helping people".

A Information help line number has been set up for flood victims: 01824 706101

North Wales Police have confirmed that cordons will remain in place and extra patrols will continue to police properties affected by flooding.

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