A LARGELY unprotected drain posing a critical risk to the unwary again raised concern among Vale of Clwydd residents in the weekend downpour.
The open storm water drain in Hartley Valley Road near the Berry Street intersection had floodwater cascading into it with tremendous force on Saturday night.
The only protection surrounding the drain is an obviously inadequate old water pipe fence with large openings exposed on both sides.
In the eye of the storm, resident Darryl Wilson was knee deep in water trying unsuccessfully to save
a small dog from being washed down into the culvert.
“I tried my best to save the dog, but I could not get to it.
“I felt really bad not being able to save it, but it could have been a lot worse had it been a child.
“The drain is a real danger even without floods with openings coming off the footpath at both ends that would allow children riding a bike or skateboard to fall into it.
“Saturday’s storm again highlighted just how dangerous the drain is and hopefully adequate guards can be erected to make it more safe for residents and their children.”
Around 20 homes in the Vale of Clwydd and Hartley Vale areas suffered flood damage in the weekend downpour after both Vale Creek and the Lett River reached flood levels for the first time in years.
Council estimates its own repair bill, mainly for roads, to top $800,000 and has applied for natural disaster funding.
DANGEROUS: Darryl Wilson next to the open storm water drain in Hartley Valley Road with its token guard rails. lm022613drain2
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