SINK­ING FEEL­ING

Earth opens up in Felin­heli

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Bren­nan

COUN­CIL staff worked through the day to clear de­bris that blocked much of the main street of Felin­heli af­ter overnight floods.

The clear-up op­er­a­tion came af­ter se­vere flood­ing hit the area and as the coun­cil dealt with a sink-hole that had opened up on the edge of the Gwynedd vil­lage.

Sit­u­ated by the Caernar­fon Road, the hole ap­peared sev­eral weeks ago, and is be­lieved by lo­cals to have be­come big­ger dur­ing the re­cent se­vere weather.

Mea­sur­ing about 10 feet deep by 20 feet wide, trees and crash bar­ri­ers had fallen into the hole by Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

A Gwynedd Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “A sink-hole ap­peared on the cy­cle path near Felin­heli some weeks ago.

“The hole does not af­fect the cy­cle path and the area has been cor­doned off.

“Of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter which is be­lieved to be con­nected with cul­verts and drains that date back to the days of the rail­way that ran along the same route.”

Felinhlei was one of the worst hit ar­eas in Gwynedd with the main street of the town be­ing shut for much of Thurs­day as coun­cil work­ers cleared up de­bris from the flood­ing.

Af­ter sev­eral hours of rain­fall flood­ing s struck the vil­lage at around 7pm, with water c com­ing off of slopes and flow­ing through F Felin­heli to­wards the sea.

Sue Wil­liams, 58, who owns the Ta­farn y F Fic in the cen­tre of the vil­lage, de­scribed h how quickly water cas­caded down the hill­side.

“Ev­ery­thing was all right and then sud­denly within 20 min­utes the whole of the street was flooded.

“It was over the pave­ment and it was run­ning down the side of the pub, like a wa­ter­fall. And it just car­ried all the de­bris and ev­ery­thing down.

“It came in through the cel­lar drop so that was flooded. It poured in through the back door into the kitchen. It was a mess, we’ve lost a bit of stock but we’re still try­ing to clear up and see what’s what.”

Tre­for Roberts, 84, res­i­dent, said: “I looked through the back win­dow and saw the water com­ing down like Ni­a­gara Falls,” he added. “We were out from three un­til nine mak­ing sure the drains stayed clear.”

Vil­lagers said that com­mu­nity spirit helped the area get through the worst of the flood­ing.

Mrs Wil­liams added: “Peo­ple were very con­cerned but be­ing Felin­heli with the great com­mu­nity spirit that it has, peo­ple were out help­ing each other.”

Sarah Wil­liams, 51, said vil­lagers came to­gether to as­sist each other.

She said: “It was amaz­ing how the whole vil­lage came out to help each other. Peo­ple were com­ing from all over the vil­lage to lend a hand. It re­ally shows how good a place Felin­heli can be.”

A sink­hole has ap­peared and grown to more than 20 feet wide in re­cent days in Y Felin­heli

Clean­ing up af­ter flood­ing The hill to the wa­ter­front was per­ilous

● Peo­ple did what they could with sand­bags to pro­tect prop­erty

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