Find out If Anyone Is to Blame for Margaret's Death; Request for Probe into the Flood Prevention Methods

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Find out If Anyone Is to Blame for Margaret's Death; Request for Probe into the Flood Prevention Methods


Byline: KELLY WILLIAMS @DPDENBNEWS

RESIDENTS have asked a coroner to consider whether inadequate flood prevention methods were to blame for the death of a pensioner in St Asaph.

A representative from the city's Resident's Action Group met with North East Wales coroner, John Gittins on Friday to raise concerns over the bridge at Spring Gardens Caravan Park, which they claim created a bottleneck.

The group say they have photographic and video evidence to prove that the flow of water could have an impact beyond the A55, and therefore could have played a part in the death of great-grandmother, Margaret Hughes at her home in Tai'r Felin.

Mr Gittins confirmed a meeting did take place but said he could not comment further other than to say a pre-inquest into the 91-year-old's death will be held on February 28.

Meanwhile, flood-stricken homeowner and city councillor John Wynne-Jones fears people may still be at risk and said the group could even be called to give evidence at the hearing.

"We wrote to the coroner last year asking him to take our findings into consideration in light of Mrs Hughes' impending inquest," he said.

"We put several points to him about the capacity of water, bridge restrictions and the fitting of mesh as well as increased water levels and the debris we photographed causing an obstruction at Spring Gardens Bridge. We also pointed out that in 2000 and 2009, action was taken to control debris and pump water. This was not the case in 2012. We think the backflow of water did affect beyond the A55 and in our opinion water over-topped defences contributing to the death which occurred. We are concerned that properties and people are still at risk."

Independent reports commissioned by the then Environment Agency (now Natural Resources Wales) before and after the floods highlighted the potential risk posed by the bridge, stating: "This assessment has shown that the Spring Gardens Bridge has a significant impact on the flood risk to the areas of St Asaph downstream to the A55, notably Roe Parc and Spring Gardens Holiday Park. …

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