Flood in United Kingdom on Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 at 04:14 (04:14 AM) UTC.
Latest reports suggest that about 400 properties have been affected in St Asaph, Denbighshire. Denbighshire council says the situation is “stabilising and the rivers have stopped over-topping”. Houses on a new estate at nearby Ruthin were also hit by floods along with homes in Rhuddlan and other villages. The Red Cross says 130 people attended a rest centre in St Asaph Leisure Centre throughout the day and all evacuees have found alternative overnight accommodation.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have eight fire crews in St Asaph on Tuesday evening with four in Ruthin pumping out homes. Another crew has been sent to Rhuddlan with a volume pump to ensure the road serving Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, remains open.
Welsh-medium Ysgol Glan Clwyd will be closed on Wednesday as parts of the school are being used as an emergency shelter while some roads remain impassable, said the head teacher. And the Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, told BBC Radio Wales that an emergency meeting will be held in St Asaph on Wednesday to discuss the clean-up operation.
Denbighshire council chief executive Mohammed Mehmet said: “Today has been a difficult day for many people affected by flooding, not only in St Asaph, Ruthin and Rhuddlan, but also in other communities. “Even though we are still in the response stage, work has already started to plan for the recovery phase. Emergency services have been working since the early hours after the river Elwy burst its banks in St Asaph. Severe flood warnings – categorised as a danger to life – are still in place in two stretches of the river, according to the Environment Agency.
North Wales Police said the death of the woman – discovered during house-to-house check calls by rescuers – was not thought to be suspicious and an investigation is under way. In some areas of St Asaph, a tiny city with a population of 3,400, water levels reached up to seven feet. On Tuesday evening police said emergency services were continuing to check properties in St Asaph in case any vulnerable people remain in homes in flooded areas.
EDIS Number: FL-20121128-37326-GBR
Event type: Flood
Date/Time: Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 at 04:14 (04:14 AM) UTC
Last update: —
Cause of event:
Damage level: Minor
Country: United Kingdom
County / State: Wales
City: St Asaph
Coordinate: N 53° 15.479, W 3° 26.624
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Foreign people: Affected is unknown.
Dead person(s): —
Injured person(s): —
Missing person(s): —
Evacuated person(s): —
Affected person(s): 400