Community rallies to help flood victims

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Generous locals have rallied round to help victims of severe flooding which hit homes in Cardigan on Friday.

More than 30 properties in the St Mary’s Street and Gloster Row areas had to be evacuated by firefighters after a combination of heavy rain and high tides brought a surge of water into the town.

The leisure centre was used as a rest centre for affected residents, and funds have now been set up to help replace items destroyed by flood water, and assist with the clean-up operation.

Cardigan and Teifi Valley Ladies Circle held a Coffee Morning on Saturday, which raised £550, and a Facebook page has been set up by locals to match those in need with people’s donations.

Facebook group 'Donations for flood victims in Cardigan' has already attracted nearly 300 members, and is inviting people to get in contact stating what they are offering, or what they need following the flood.

Philippa Noble set up the page after witnessing the devastation of her neighbours’ home in St Mary’s Street, and has been inundated with offers of donations and practical help.

Philippa said: “It’s just snowballed really. We have had loads of offers already. The idea is for the Facebook page to be a central hub.

“If people affected need anything they can write it down and hopefully we can match them up with someone who can help.”

She added: “We want to make people aware that there is help available if they need it.”

A number of local businesses have offered their services to help flood victims, including Kings Furnishing who offered a bed, and Llinos’ Salon offered to wash people’s hair if they have been made homeless.

A local dry cleaners offered the use of an industrial washing machine, and heaters and driers have also been offered for loan.

Facebook group members have also offered help with cleaning houses, and offered a range of items including clothes and furniture.

Anyone without internet access can drop details of items offered or wanted to Philippa at the fishing tackle shop.

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