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Rain shuts school, leisure centre
Flash floods in Prestatyn (pic Tracey Ellis)
The Offa's Tavern car park in Prestatyn was hit by a flash flood
The head teacher of a secondary school forced to close by flash floods after torrential rain says it will not reopen until after the summer holidays.

Pupils were sent home from Prestatyn High School in Denbighshire at lunch time after water rose up the drains during the one-hour downpour.

Some residents used sandbags while the town's leisure centre was also shut but staff said they hoped to re-open later.

North Wales Fire Service said it took more than 20 flood-related phone calls.

Problems were reported along High Street and at Ffordd Penrhwylfa, where some homes were affected.

Phil Pierce, head teacher of Prestatyn High School, said four or five of the blocks had been flooded when there was an intense "tropical storm".

Flood water rose up, including through the sewers, meaning the affected blocks had to be sealed off to pupils and staff, he said.

Flash floods in Prestatyn (pic Tracey Ellis)
The downpour was like a intense "tropical storm" said one witness

There was some 3ins (76mm) of flood water in some rooms and Mr Pierce said the school would be shut from now - the last week of the school year - until the start of the new term in September.

He said the loss adjustors would be arriving on Wednesday when the clean-up would begin.

Describing the storm as "rather surreal", Mr Pierce said it had gone very dark and there was intense rain for five to 10 minutes.

Tracey Ellis, who was caught in the rain, told BBC Wales News Online: "It was absolutely hectic because there was water everywhere.

"The police closed the high street as the rain was just torrential. There was chaos for a while.

"I just grabbed the camera and took what pictures I can."


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