Year after the flood nightmare


Shane Brennan

A YEAR on from floods that struck the Glasdir estate in Ruthin and swamped parts of St Asaph residents came together to reflect on the past year.

At the time of the flood Glasdir estate was left without electricty and was left in darkness.

Many residents had to live away from the estate for several months.

To celebrate their return they decided to ‘light up Glasdir’.

Householders were asked to leave on all the lights in their homes on the evening of November 27.

As dusk fell a large crowd gathered at the entrance to the estate.

Glowsticks were distributed amongst the crowd and the estate was bathed in light.

“The esate was plunged into darkness when we all left our homes last year,” said Glasdir Residents’ Association Chairman Aled Jones, “to mark the anniversary of that devastating day, we wanted to show that the lights are back on, and that we have triumphed through adversity.

“The floods have shown us what an amazing community we have down here, and this is an excellent way of demonstrating that community spirit, and of recognising the overwhelming support that we had from Ruthin and the wider community.”

Ruthin mayor Rosie Hughes-Moseley  joined the residents.

“Cllr Emrys Wynne went way above and beyond his call of duty as mayor, to help and advise residents, and to secure us all the best possible outcomes under the circumstances,” said Glasdir resident and town councillor Katy Williams.

“When emotions were running high, and we felt that everything was lost, Emrys and the town councillors really pulled together, and offered us everything, from practical advice, to coordinating donations, and even handing out Christmas gifts that were donated.”

Launching the event town councillor Enrys Wynne spoke to the crowd.
“We gather a year on to reflect on the events of the previous year and altough this is not concluded there is a some joy in being back in your own homes.”

“Tonight we celebrate but the fight for answers will go on.”

Meanwhile, a tribute was held to mark the one year anniversary of the devastating floods that hit St Asaph.

The memorial was held on the east side of the common on November 27 at 7am at the exact moment the River Elwy burst its banks last year.

Around 50 residents joined senior figures from the region in placing candles into the river as a mark of rememberence for Margaret Hughes, who lost her life when the floods hit, and to reflect on how the last 12 months has affected everybody in the community.

Mayor of St Asaph Cllr John Roberts,said: “We had no idea how many people would attend, and given the weather conditions, everybody made a fantastic effort.

“It was quite moving really to see, the weather did not help some tea lights were blown out but people appreciated the process of doing it.

“It was very emotional for the people that were there, as I think it brought back a lot of memories for the people involved.

Cllr Roberst added: “I think the people appreciated the opportunity to come and remember the events of a year ago, and everyone conducted themselves very well.”

A service was also held in the evening at the Parish Church to commemorate the anniversary.

Mayor Roberts said: “Over 100 people came to the Parish Church and Reverand Val Rowlands gave a very moving tribute to the people that were affected.

“I think people appreciated the tone of the service.

“There were prayers by candle light as well, the lights went dim and everyone had a candle to hold whilst Rev Rowlands said prayer/

“It has been a very poignant day in the city’s history, and the community has been very dignified throughout this whole ordeal, something that has been more than evident once again in both memorial services.”

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