VOLUNTEERS have been praised for helping victims of St Asaph floods.

British Red Cross Wales volunteers stood down from their roles at an emergency centre following news most of the evacuees had been found alternative accomodation.

They were replaced last night by Denbighshire County Council workers at the St Asaph rest centre having helped care for more than 130 people and help out in the rescue of people from their flooded homes, including a pregnant woman, a blind woman and a 92-year-old man.

Irene Rogers, 62, who has mobility problems and a heart condition was evacuated from sheltered accommodation at Llys-Y-Felin and cared for at the rest centre, said: “Everyone has been awfully kind. The emergency services and the Red Cross have been marvellous and everyone at the rest centre is really attentive.”

Dave Phillips, 63, a grandfather of four, was evacuated along with his wife, from their home at the Spring Garden Caravan Park, at around 4.20am this morning.

He said: “Everyone from the Red Cross, emergency services and even the local school children have been absolutely tremendous, even though it’s been really hard work. “Everything’s run really smoothly and everything has been thought of.”

Wayne Brown from the Red Cross said: “It’s very much been a smooth operation based on our training and the plans we had in place.

“We saw that our work had a real impact on people.

“People were coming up and thanking us, shaking our hands and we were glad we were able to make a real difference.”

Jeff Collins, director of the British Red Cross in Wales, says: "The Red Cross would like to commiserate with those people who have lost so much in this dreadful flooding event and reassure them that we are here to help them not only through this emergency but through the recovery phase as well."