/Childrens work lost as nursery flooded to roof

Childrens work lost as nursery flooded to roof

Lauren Forward, deputy manager of Little Friends Playgroup,

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Lauren Forward says the children’s work has been lost

Owners of a family-run nursery submerged in flood-water when Storm Dennis hit say they are heartbroken after all the children’s work was lost.

A massive clean-up operation is taking place after communities across Wales were left devastated by the floods.

In Taff’s Well, near Cardiff, the Little Friends Playgroup was submerged to its roof.

Lauren Forward, who runs the nursery, said the children’s work was irreplaceable.

“We have no idea what anything is going to be like inside, I have just got an image in my head of everything floating around,” said Ms Forward, who runs the nursery with her mother.

“We have lost the children’s files, all their hard work.”

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Ms Forward said they did not believe the nursery was underwater until they saw the pictures on Sunday

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The staff say they have no idea how much damage has been done, but believe everything has been destroyed

More than one month’s worth of rain fell in parts of Wales in 48 hours on Saturday and Sunday, causing rivers to burst their banks.

A fundraising page has been set up for the nursery, with parents saying they would struggle to find alternative childcare.

Ms Forward said she had woken up on Sunday morning to messages saying the nursery was underwater following heavy rainfall on Saturday night.

“We did not believe it at first, and then we saw the pictures, and we went down there and saw it for ourselves, and it was literally just submerged to the roof,” she told Oliver Hides on BBC Radio Wales.

“It is so unclear right now, that is more worrying than anything, we just want to get stuck in, and start cleaning up.”

Natural Resources Wales said the scale of flooding was “unprecedented” and there had been a “huge” amount of rain.

Businesses and homeowners in parts of the Rhondda valley and Powys are facing a massive clean-up task after rivers burst their banks, flooded streets and damaged roads and bridges.

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Scott & Rachel Photography, in Pontypridd, has been badly affected by the floods

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The Post Office in Pontypridd was left underwater after the River Taff burst its banks

Crowdfunding pages have been set up to raise money for those affected and people have been sending donations to those forced to leave their homes.

In Pontypridd, businesses and residents are counting the cost of the damage after the River Taff burst its banks.

A clean-up operation is underway at Clwb y Bont where the owners said they had been met with a “scene of devastation” in a Facebook post.

Workers are trying to clear the town’s Post Office after it was left underwater but it is unclear when it will re-open.

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Clwb y Bont said it was too early to know how bad the damage was

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A major clean-up is underway following the storm

Bragdy Twt Lol, known as the Trefforest Brewery, has been left with about £10,000 of damage, including piles of ruined hops, malt, yeast and beer bottles.

The owners of the brewery, which has been open for five years, said they had been forced to “suspend the brewing of new stock for the foreseeable future”.

Nigel Bonetto was woken up by his dog barking on Sunday morning. Moments later water was flooding through his front door, with water levels reaching up to the lights.

He had just finished fitting a new oak floor in his house in Nantgarw and said all the plasterwork had blown and the flooring had warped.

“I’m going to try and tidy it up a little bit to get the process going. I can see me being out of my house for quite a while. I’m gutted, gutted,” he said.

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Mr Bonetto said the water was all the way up his patio doors and had destroyed the downstairs of his home

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A garage in Nantgarw has been flooded

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