Residents 'feared' for their lives during Rhyl flood


Stephanie Price

THE clean-up operation after the Rhyl floods is ongoing after a visit from the Welsh Government’s  Environment Minister.

Alun Davies toured Rhyl this afternoon (Friday) along with community leaders to meet with those affected by the floods.

He said: “It’s been heartbreaking to see what’s happened here.

“People have been frightened and terrified by the power of the sea.

“We’ve got to pay tribute to all the emergency services and volunteers who’ve all come together to look after and take care of the people who’ve been affected.

“The government have come here to ensure they there are enough resources in place to take cares of people.”

Details of the Mayor of Rhyl’s Relief Fund have now been released with collections buckets being placed around the town.

Mayor, councilor Andy Rutherford said: “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. I

“In addition all those who came to the centre with donations of food and clothing.”

Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane said: “The forces of nature are terrifying.  Some people have feared for their lives – it’s had a devastating impact but there’s been cracking community spirit with everybody joining together making a huge effort.

“Instead of food and clothing collections like we did with the St Asaph flood we’re asking for financial donations this time around.”

It is expected that it will take some residents months to get back in their homes.

Bernard Harrison, 69 and wife Natalia Harrison, 61 of Garford Road had their property flooded.

Mr Harrison said: “We weren’t at home when it happened, I was at the chemist down the road picking up my medicine and they told us the wall was down. I just thought ‘oh you’re joking’.

“My parents had the bungalow when there were floods twenty years ago and it took them three months to get it sorted again. It’s worse now than it was then.”

Arriva Trains Wales has said rail services will not get back to normal until at least Monday.

Details of the fund are: Sort Code: 08-92-50 Acc No: 67005527.

Those donating are asked to quote 600089 when making payments and cheques can be made payable to Rhyl Mayor’s Flood Appeal.

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