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Floods strike valley and Bodnant counts the cost

Published date: 28 November 2012 |
Published by: Iwan Berry
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FLOODING closed roads and caused disruptions in the Conwy Valley.

Main roads were closed yesterday (Tuesday) morning as the River Conwy broke its banks, forcing many residents to take alternate routes to work.

The main road from Tal y Cafn into Eglwysbach along Ffordd Ty Gwyn was closed, and a statement from Conwy County Borough Council urged drivers to take caution on the A470 between Glan Conwy and Betws y Coed.

The village primary school at Ysgol Eglwysbach was also closed.

Denise Duggelby, who works at the farm store at the Bodnant Welsh Food centre, said her usual twenty minute walk to work from her home at nearby Graig had been affected by flooding across the roads.

She said: “I didn’t even get halfway down when a guy coming the other way said he’d seen someone wading through with water up to their middle. I gave in and turned back.”

Also affected by the floods was Bodnant Gardens, where floods had been a “kick in the teeth” to recent landscaping work.

William Greenwood, property manager at the Gardens, said floods had torn out recently planted flowerbeds and left many of the attraction’s lawns badly waterlogged.

He said: “It’s scrapped up the beds, and all the new planting is destroyed. Further up the gardens we’ve got the mill pond and waterfall, and it’s just surging through there - water is thundering through. I put my hand on the rail of the bridge and didn’t dare cross as I could feel it vibrating.

“The whole of the garden is affected – the sheer force of water has cut through gravel paths and there’s big areas of flooding on the lawns.”

Mr Greenwood added that further damage - to the roots of trees and bridge supports - would be inspected once the floods had subsided.

He added staff would have to work harder to prepare the gardens for December 27, when they would be opening a festive garden.

“It’s been a bit of a kick in the teeth.

“We will have the festive winter garden, but the rest of the garden will look as though it’s been flooded, basically.”

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