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Posted: Thu 21st Jan 2021

Significant rainfall continues to cause flooding issues across parts of Wrexham for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jan 21st, 2021

Significant rainfall across parts of Wrexham is continuing to cause issues this morning.

Last night large parts of the county borough saw flooding as Storm Christop brought heavy rain and snow to the area.

In the early hours of the morning emergency services asked Bangor-on-Dee residents to evacuate due to a severe flood risk.

Houses in Berse Road, New Broughton, were also evacuated shortly before midnight.

NEWSAR (North East Wales Search and Rescue) also assisted North Wales Police and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service with the incident by recusing residents of flooded properties in New Broughton with one of the team’s inflatable rescue sled.

Team members also went door to door with firefighters to check on other residents affected by the flooding and rescued a motorist from the roof of his car near the Wrexham Industrial Estate.

A spokesperson for NEWSAR, said: “A massive thank you to a couple of householders in New Broughton who provided hot drinks and biscuits for team members.”

The NEWSAR service is made up of volunteers team members and they do not receive any payment for providing this service. You can read more about fundraising and donation to NEWSAR via this link.

Over 40 members of the council’s streetscene team are being deployed across Wrexham to deal with the flooding – with parts of the county seeing flood levels rise to waist height.

The Ty Mawr and Alyn Waters riverside paths are also closed due to the flooding.

Cllr David A Bithell Lead Member Environment and Transport, said: “Please don’t ignore road closed signs.

“We have evacuated some properties in New Broughton with the assistance of mountain rescue due to high water levels.

“On high ground we now have levels of snow falling and our gritting crews are being deployed to higher routes as temperatures drop. Please do not go out unless absolutely necessary as all emergency services are being deployed across the county assisting with many calls.

“Our staff will remain out all night.”

There were also concerns about flooding around the Wockhardt factory on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, which is involved in the fill and finish stages of the Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

Appearing on Sky News this morning leader of Wrexham Council, Mark Pritchard said: “We had to work with the company logistically with their storage facility, that was under possibility of flooding.

“We worked overnight with that and that was a success. This could have had an impact not just in Wrexham but across the country with the vaccination supply.

“They had serious concerns their warehouse could be flooded so they asked up for help and support, we gave them that without hesitation.

“We’ve put resources, pumps and gulley emptiers and it’s been successful.”

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