Storm causes havoc


Shane Brennan

Across Denbighshire and Gwynedd residents and businesses have been left counting the costs after one of the biggest storms in decades struck the region.

Winds of over one hundred miles an hour were recorded on the West Wales coast.

Power cuts affected most parts of the Vale of Clwyd and Penllyn.

There are some school closures in Denbighshire today.

St Brigid's school in Denbigh, Ysgol Bro Fammau in Llanferres and Ysgol Tremeirchion are all closed today.

Candle sales were reported to have spiked last night in Pwllglas.

Siop Pwllglas 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 tough 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 were also reported to have fallen on the Nant y Garth pass between Ruthin and Llandegla leading to its closure until at least mod 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 ealry in the evening and it only came back just before nine.”

The emergency services are continuing to monitor the situation.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing who has led the Multi Agency response from Police HQ “Although the conditions have improved they are still very difficult for motorists with many roads partly blocked through fallen trees and other debris.  I’d advise motorists to plan well ahead for tomorrow morning or even postpone the journey until conditions return fully to normality.

“Our efforts are focused onto clearing roads, restoring power and returning the area to normality as quickly but as safely as possible.   I would still advise extra care to be taken if any journey needs to be made on foot due to roofing materials dislodged by high winds.

“I’d also like to sincerely thank the local and motoring communities for their patience, understanding and common sense which has helped ease the burden on Emergency Services”

“In order to allow emergency services sufficient time to attend I would also ask that contact is kept at an appropriate and sensible level so our resources can be deployed where absolutely necessary.   For any issues about fallen trees or debris that are not affecting traffic or risk to the public please call 101.  Only dial 999 if there is a risk to life.”

People are also asked if they can to continue to look out for elderly vulnerable neighbours and friends.

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