Communities cope with flood aftermath


Geraint Jones

COMMUNITIES  are picking up the pieces today (Friday, November 23) after floods tore through Gwynedd.

Gwynedd Council workers were out yesterday (Thursday, November 22) and sandbags were distributed to properties across the county.

Meanwhile, North Wales Police

Llanberis was badly hit, with flood waters hurtling down the High Street.

Ffion Torr, who owns Swigod a Sebon, rushed from her home to save her stock as water seeped into the property.

She said: "It was terrible - it was like the rain was never going to stop.

"The High Street was like a river. I've never seen anything like it."

Allports Fish and Chips owner John Allport and his staff faced a major task to clear the sludge after more than a foot of muddy water came into the shop.

Mr Allport said said: "It's been a real blow to businesses in Llanberis.

"We're not sure what the damage is yet - we're just trying to open up again as soon as we can."

Rachel Gregory of Giorgio's ice cream parlour was stoic in the face of the flood.

She said: "I'm feeling lucky - there's just a couple of  machines damaged and water on the floor.  Some people have had there homes flooded."

Three feet of water tore through Deiniolen resident Eirwyn Jones' house. 

He said: "The main road was like a river, and water was coming down here from Lon Ben Bont.

"I've lost a lost of possessions that I can replace, but there were also family photos that can't. 

Around six inches of water came into in ground floor of Iolo and Della Jones' their home.

Della said: "I was at a conference in Swansea, and when I looked at my phone, I had all these message of Iolo saying to come home.

"I'm in shock at the moment - I can't take it in."

Flood waters also hurtled down fields, through fences and into Violet Roberts' garden in Rhyd Fadog, Deiniolen.

Fire fighters had to pump water some of the water from her garden, before attending an emergency call.

She said: "It was horrendous - I was hysterical.

"The fire brigade were fantastic, and I can't thank them enough.

"I was one of the lucky ones - house on the main road had it really bad and my heart goes out to them."

Gwynedd Council highway staff spent this morning removing debris and inspecting roads across the county.

The clean up operation centred on Llanberis, Deiniolen, Rhostryfan, Rhosgadfarn and Dyffryn Nantlle.

Council structural engineers are inspecting bridges and culverts in affected areas.

Meanwhile, the A4085 Caernarfon to Waunfawr/Rhyd ddu is passable with care.

Rest centres were set up last night at Ysgol Friars in Bangor and Caernarfon leisure centre to offer shelter and refreshments for those stranded due to road closures.

Anyone experiencing difficulties because of the weather can call the council's Galw Gwynedd hotline on 01766 771 000.

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