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Prince of Wales visits flood ravaged St Asaph’s: The Church of England Newspaper, December 3, 2012 December 12, 2012

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The Prince of Wales visited St Asaph Cathedral this week to meet victims of last week’s flooding and in North Wales. More than 400 properties in the city were submerged when the River Elwy burst its banks on 27 Nov 2012.

A statement from Clarence House said the prince was “keen to thank the emergency services and lend his support to some of the residents affected”.  Prayers were also said in the cathedral and at St Asaph’s parish church for the flooding victims, including 91-year-old Margaret Jane Hughes who was found dead in her flooded home on Tuesday.

An inquest was opened last week and John Gittins, the acting coroner for north Wales central, heard that the provisional cause of death was drowning.

During his visit to the cathedral the Prince was introduced to members of the RNLI, the Red Cross and local secondary school children during his time at the Cathedral.  He also met other members of the public who had been personally affected by the floods and visited Roe Parc estate, which had been severely damaged by the flood waters.

After his visit, the Dean of St Asaph Cathedral the Very Reverend Nigel Williams said:

“I’m really pleased that The Prince decided to come because he was with us in our joy when we received City status and now he’s come alongside us in our sorrow – this has made a vast difference to the people of this community.

“He’s got a deep sense of concern for the individuals who have been affected, especially the fact that these floods have gone through people’s homes.  People are glad that he’s been to the affected areas and that has been very well received.”

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper

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