OAP's body pulled from flooded home

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: A man looks out of a window as a crew from the RNLI and paramedics pass a submerged car in St Asaph, Denbighshire A man looks out of a window as a crew from the RNLI and paramedics pass a submerged car in St Asaph, Denbighshire

A body has been pulled from a flooded home after a river reached record levels and burst its banks.

The elderly woman was found dead in the beleaguered Welsh city of St Asaph where hundreds of people have been urged to flee their water-logged homes.

Her body was discovered at midday after the River Elwy surged through flood defences as the wet weather continued to wreak havoc across the country.

Next of kin have been informed, North Wales Police said.

A spokesman said: "North Wales Police can confirm that the body of an elderly woman has been recovered from a flooded property in Tair Felin, St Asaph, Denbighshire. Local officers from the emergency services who were conducting house-to-house checks discovered the body of the woman at noon today."

Officers said there were no suspicious circumstances and have launched an investigation into her death, which is being treated as unexplained.

A further 500 people living in St Asaph were encouraged to pack their bags today and move in with friends or family until the risk subsided.

The Elwy, which was still rising this afternoon, has reached a record high of 14ft 3in (4.35m) at St Asaph, making it more than 3ft (1m) deeper than its previous record of 11ft 4in (3.47m) in November 2009. Typically, the river level at this spot varies between 3ft (0.90m) and 6ft 7in (2.02m).

The Environment Agency has issued two severe flood warnings in Wales - one for St Asaph - indicating a potential danger to life.

A 92-year-old local man was rescued by British Red Cross volunteers early on Tuesday after he became trapped in his house as flood waters rose in the city on Monday night.

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