Council says lessons will be learnt after flood


Matt Jones

LESSONS will be learnt from the St Asaph floods, say council bosses.

The city has begun a long road to recovery after the devastation caused when the River Elwy burst its banks in the early hours of November 27 which led to more than 400 homes and business flooding.

A joint investigation has now been launched by the Environment Agency and Denbighshire Council into the cause.

Mohammed Mahmet, chief executive of Denbighshire Council, said: “It is too early to say how much the floods have cost.

“We keeping track of what we are spending but our approach has been to do what is necessary to help people and then worry about the money later on.

“The cause of the floods seems to be heavy rainfall that swelled the water levels and saturation of the surfaces and the road.

“It has been rain on rain.

“The flood walls were not breached in St Asaph, it was overflowing water.

“If they had, we would have been a more serious situation.

“There has been a fantastic effort, we are trained to deal with situations like this, but we hope never to have to do it.

“We do not know if it is going to happen again, it hasn’t happened for 50 or 60 years hopefully it will never happen again.

“There will be a lessons learnt review. If anything needs implementing we will make the case for it.”

A fund set up by the mayor of St Asaph, councillor John Roberts, has been inundated with donations. An appeal for clothes and bedding has been closed with those wishing to helped urged to donate funds.

Cllr Roberts said: “The response to the fund has been beyond belief.

“People’s generosity has been beyond our expectations. We are grateful to everyone who has donated.

“The city has been remarkably resilient, the community spirit has been fantastic.”

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