Metcalfe factory saved from further flooding

Details have emerged of how fire crews in Blaenau Ffestiniog prevented a complete catastrophe at Metcalfe Catering Equipment’s factory last week.

The fire-fighters spent 5 hours pumped out the rising flood, when water from the Afon Barlwyd river breached a nearby wall following 48 hours of torrential rain.

Metcalfe’s owner, Neil Richards, told local newspaper The Daily Post: “This could have had dire consequences for the company if it had not been for the action of the local fire service crews based in Blaenau, as well as private water firm GEWS.”

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However, the firm’s production floor has been affected by water damage from the first flood in this region since the factory was built in 1952.

Metcalfe spent last week cleaning up, but emphasised that its offices and administration areas were unaffected. Richards added: “Fortunately all of our stock is stored in a new warehouse which was built a foot above the rest of the building and has therefore survived unscathed.”

Deliveries were due to have resumed by the end of last week.

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