CANDLE sales spiked as a Ruthin community shop remained open without power to enable people to stock up during the bad weather.
Four candles were in demand at Siop Pwllglas as customers kept their spirits up during the power cut – and there were plenty of references to the famous Two Ronnies sketch.
Shop manager Sharon Newell said: “The electricity went at about half past four and loss of stock was a big worry for us as the freezers would have only lasted six hours.
Our customers though were a great help last night pitching in to help and luckily to our great relief the power came back at about six so we were very glad they managed to fix it so quickly. It was a first for us having to shop by torchlight.”
Several trees fell on the Nant y Garth pass between Ruthin and Llandegla leading to its closure until at least mid morning today.
The storm was described as causing havoc in the Corwen area.
Cynwyd resident Mabon ap Gwynfor said: “The storm caused havoc here. The Dee burst its banks between Llandrillo and Corwen. All sorts of trees have fallen and roads from Corwern to Cynwyd and Cynwyd to Llandrllio have been closed because of fallen trees and branches. We lost power early in the evening and it only came back just before nine.”
Chief Inspector Darren Wareing who led the Multi Agency response from Police HQ said: “North Wales Police would like to thank motorists and residents for their patience and cooperation during these exceptionally difficult circumstances.”
Cabinet lead member for environment, councillor David Smith, praised the efforts fo staff in the clean up operation.
“Staff were out from lunch time on Wednesday alongside colleagues from the emergency services in atrocious conditions in a bid to keep roads open and people safe.
"They worked shifts throughout the night which included going out gritting and were out all day on Thursday to clear the fallen trees followed by futher gritting runs into Thursday night.
“I commend them for their tireless work in extremely difficult circumstances, they have done Denbighshire proud.”