Denbighshire council update on floods

Published date: 10 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff Reporter
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Work has continued over the weekend to support flood victims in Denbighshire.

So far the council has found emergency accommodation for 49 people plus five people who are staying in a residential care setting but these figures can change daily as people's circumstances change. 

The council's records estimate around 130 properties were flooded.

The clean up operation is continuing and Denbighshire council has had two teams in the affected area power washing driveways and paths leading up to the front and rear doors of houses over the weekend.

Environmental Services Staff been out ensuring residents know plans for dealing with the flood damaged goods. From Monday and every day this week, Denbighshire will have a refuse vehicle on site permanently to remove any sodden items (not white goods) and a team will assist residents with removal of damaged items between 8am and 4pm until further notice.

The council will only remove goods that are placed on the footway which will indicate to us that the insurance or the owners have given permission for the goods to be removed. 

A skip will be on the site for the disposal of white goods only. The intention is to avoid having large numbers of skips in the area although we have three skips as back up in our depot if needed.

All footways and carriageways in the affected area have been cleaned and power washed.  All the drainage gullies will have been cleaned and Welsh Water contractors have been cleaning out the main sewers.

Street Lighting Columns will have preparatory work carried out to accommodate the temporary CCTV cameras for North Wales Police to provide residents with added reassurance.

DVSC has set up a virtual warehouse for donations to help people to obtain goods on the website at or contact B2C in Rhyl on 01745 353110.

Work will continue to ensure we have identified and are in contact with all vulnerable people and we will make sure there is appropriate support available for people throughout the Christmas period.

Cabinet lead member for environment, councillor David Smith said: "With arrangements to care for people affected by the flood well in hand, our attention is now turning to understanding why it happened.

"We are In discussion with Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government about the appropriate investigation arrangements which will allow us to get to the bottom of the important questions of what happened, how likely it is to happen again and what may need to be done to improve flood risk management defences in the future as a result.

"The storm surge was unprecedented, and so were the associated volumes of sea water that the flood defences had to cope with.

"This is likely to be a factor in the investigation, but it is too early to jump to any conclusions".

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