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Cold snap to hit Flintshire as heavy rain and flooding subsides

FLINTSHIRE escaped the worst of the weather as rain battered the region and floods wreaked havoc – but a sub-zero cold snap is on the way.

Met Office forecasters say the worst of the rain is over, but temperatures will fall below freezing going into the weekend.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service received more than 130 flood-related calls on Monday night, with St Asaph and Ruthin among the worst-affected areas.

Under-pressure firefighters were sent to three areas of Mold on Tuesday – with one call-out to assist an 80-year-old woman – and also helped clear floodwater from the A541 in Pontblyddyn.

Met Office forecaster Daniel Williams said more than 55mm of rain fell in Flintshire between 9pm on Sunday, November 18, and 6am on Tuesday. The average rainfall for the whole of November is 75.5mm.

The affected areas in Mold were Park Avenue, Queens Park and pensioners’ complex Cae Bracty, which was also flooded after heavy rain last month.

The Environment Agency still has flood warnings in place for the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Chester and for the River Clwyd at Ruthin.

Mr Williams said the county can look forward to ‘much drier, brighter weather’, but warned temperatures will drop tonight (Thursday).

“During the day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday you’re looking at top temperatures of 6-7ºC, but overnight it could drop to -4ºC,” he added.

Hundreds of properties have been flooded this week in Ruthin and St Asaph, where an elderly woman was found dead by rescuers on Tuesday.

Emergency services continued to pump out the worse-hit areas across the region yesterday and a flood warning remains in place for the River Elwy at St Asaph.

A North Wales Police spokesman said: “If members of the community are still concerned about vulnerable family and friends living in the area they are urged to phone 101.”

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