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Wales floods: Rescuers find woman dead at St Asaph

  • 11-28-2012

An elderly woman was found dead as rescuers spent the day battling floods in north Wales.

Latest reports suggest that about 400 properties have been affected in St Asaph, Denbighshire.

Denbighshire council says the situation is "stabilising and the rivers have stopped over-topping".

Houses on a new estate at nearby Ruthin were also hit by floods along with homes in Rhuddlan and other villages.

The Red Cross says 130 people attended a rest centre in St Asaph Leisure Centre throughout the day and all evacuees have found alternative overnight accommodation.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have eight fire crews in St Asaph on Tuesday evening with four in Ruthin pumping out homes.

Another crew has been sent to Rhuddlan with a volume pump to ensure the road serving Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, remains open.

Welsh-medium Ysgol Glan Clwyd will be closed on Wednesday as parts of the school are being used as an emergency shelter while some roads remain impassable, said the head teacher.

And the Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, told BBC Radio Wales that an emergency meeting will be held in St Asaph on Wednesday to discuss the clean-up operation.

Denbighshire council chief executive Mohammed Mehmet said: "Today has been a difficult day for many people affected by flooding, not only in St Asaph, Ruthin and Rhuddlan, but also in other communities.

"Even though we are still in the response stage, work has already started to plan for the recovery phase.

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