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Vicious floods from Storm Christoph have destroyed homes in the North Wales town of Ruthin.
The storm brought a heavy lash of torrential rain on the town, which caused the nearby River Clwyd to rise up and beat the town's flood defences.
Surging waters of up to two to three feetpoured in around 6pm, leaving residents with swamped homes and a major clean-up operation.
Rhian Day, a local, described it as like a scene from the film "Titanic".
She said to NorthWalesLive : "If you've ever seen the film Titanic, it was like that, the kitchen door bulged and then it blew open and the water came in."
Her mum, who was in the house at the time, narrowly missed the fridge freezer falling on her – which ended up on the floor.
Ms Day's five-year-old daughter Libby was also in the house at the time.
Roger Connah, a local architect, has sat on Ruthin's flood defence committee after the floods of 1999/2000. He claims the local authority has been warned over the years that the town's defences were in danger of being breached.
Mr Connah said: "It is not the first time I have been flooded.
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"At 5.45pm the neighbour was saying the levels were getting high, it started to creep in and then I have never seen the levels rise so quickly – it was up to between 18 inches and two feet in the house.
"It wipes out any furniture that can stand water like carpets and sofas.
"I was on the flood committee after the floods in 1999/2000 and we have said over the years the defences weren't enough and needed to be raised. In 2007, 2014 and 2020 there have been a number of near misses, were they were nearly breached.
"It is not a case of 'I told you so', I just hope the local authority takes note and realises the defences aren't adequate and do need raising."
Carol Smith owns a holiday cottage and house in the affected streets, which they have renovated.
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On Wednesday night she got a call from a neighbour, to say the river levels were rising, but by the time they got there at 7pm, the water was already about 2-3ft high on the road.
"We came back this morning to see the mess from the river in the holiday cottage and to start cleaning it up," Ms Smith said.
"We have a slate floor in this property and an oak wooden floor in the other house which we are hoping we can save."
Ms Smith said the walls were made of lime plaster, which may have protected them from needing replastering.
A Denbighshire County Council spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with all our residents who have been affected by the severe weather and flooding over the last 24 hours.
"In the expectation of heavy rain we checked critical culverts across the county, and made sure that as many resources as possible are available to respond to issues.
"However, we are unable to stop flooding from happening and our resources were seriously stretched as surface water created problems across the county.
“There was significant rainfall over a sustained period of time yesterday and throughout the day staff were working across the county closing roads which were dangerous to motorists, and responding to issues as best we could.
"In anticipation of any necessary evacuations we opened rest centres in St Aspah and Ruthin for any residents who were affected, and these were stood down at 11pm. We had one person attend the rest centre in Ruthin and nobody in St Asaph.
“The cause of the flooding will be subject of a thorough investigation by the council and Natural Resources Wales.”
- UK Weather
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