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Anger over flood warnings
The village of Trefriw (Picture: Graham Hembrough)
A bemused villager looks on as the village is submerged

People in one of the worst hit areas of flooding in Wales are angry at what they claim was a lack of warning.

Houses in the centre of Trefriw had 3 ft of water pouring into their homes from both the front and back doors as the Conwy village was cut off from the outside world on Tuesday.

Emergency crews were bracing themselves for more floods as the river Conwy in nearby Llanrwst rose nearly four feet in under two hours on Wednesday.

But Conwy Council said it had had no "negative response" from people it had helped.

Anwen and Melvyn Parry, from Trefriw, who spent five years renovating their home - which is on the market - said they had had no warning.

"It just landed on us," said Mr Parry, a builder, who described the flood as the worst he had seen for 40 years.

Eifion Thomas, whose home was also badly flooded, said he believed the Conwy river should be dredged to prevent a repeat.

Vehicles caught in the flood (Picture: Graham Hembrough)
Many cars were abandoned as the village became surrounded by water

Conwy Council said that it, the emergency services and voluntary organisations were doing all they could.

On Wednesday the main street was littered with debris by the force of water which surged through the village.

A couple of cars were abandoned overnight and caravans were uprooted at a caravan park and pushed downstream.

A number of horses and cattle were spotted in difficulty in fields near the town, but one owner, Jack Jones, said he was told by the emergency services that nothing could be done to rescue them and that they would have to survive the best they could.

'Impassable'

He said some of his animals appeared to be missing and also criticised the authorities over their warning.

The road to the Roman Spa (Picture: Graham Hembrough)
The flooded road leading to the Roman Spa near Trefriw

Only four wheel drive vehicles could get into the village from the north side.

The south side was blocked by the car transporter from which three people were dramatically rescued by helicopter on Tuesday village.

Graham Hembrough said: "Caravan parks, vehicles, homes, livestock - all have fallen victim to this latest and possibly greatest flood in living memory, for the Conwy Valley.

"People have been incredibly co-operative towards each other and adrenaline has created an almost jubilant atmosphere in the face of nature's adversity."

Conwy council said: "We haven't seen any negative response from anyone that we've been dealing with in the area.

"All the agencies in Llanrwst have been working good together, and the team are now working in Trefriw."

"A great amount of work has been done including distributing thousands of sandbags and more of them are still being distributed."

Residents in the area can telephone the council's flood centre on 01492 545501.




SEE ALSO:
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