Review into St Asaph's flood cause


Matt Jones


A FORMAL review into the cause of devastating floods which swept through St Asaph has been launched.

Denbighshire Council’s investigation is to “refine understanding” of what happened and why there was flooding at a number of locations across Denbighshire on November 26 and 27.

The investigation, expected to publish findings in May, will also identify what actions are needed by any of the relevant flood risk management authorities to minimise the risk of future flooding.

Cllr David Smith, cabinet lead member for environment, said: “The report provided by Environment Agency Wales shortly before Christmas started the process of understanding what happened, but we particularly want to have a clear understanding on what steps we can take to reduce the risk of this kind of flooding from happening again.”

More than 400 properties were evacuated in St Asaph before the River Elwy burst its banks.

A fund launched by the mayor of St Asaph, councillor John Roberts, to help victims, has so far raised more than £90,000

He said: “This report is something to be welcomed.

“We have had a number of residents asking us if a report is coming and when it will be published.

“Residents want to know what happened and what can be done to prevent it happening again.

“People will be looking towards May for the results of this report.”

Environment Agency Wales is supporting the council with the investigation and Denbighshire is bringing in additional expertise.

The council will be undertaking formal investigations of the flood incidents at St Asaph, including Lower Denbigh Road, Rhuddlan, Brookhouse, Ruthin, Llanbedr DC, Gellifor and Corwen.

A FAMILY fishing shop submerged during the St Asaph floods has re-opened its doors.

Foxon Fishing Tackle (pictured)  on Lower Denbigh Road was badly affected during the floods which hit the city last November.

Owner Renee Foxon said: “The business was due to celebrate its 45 years in business this year, but instead we found ourselves in the middle of a huge clear up operation.

“It has been a massive task and a total life change for myself and our staff, who have worked so hard to get things back to normal in time for the beginning of the fishing season for our loyal customers.

“Finally we can see a light at the end of our tunnel.”

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