Earth opens up in Felinheli
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