FLOOD FORECAST STATEMENT – UPDATE 03/01/14

FLOOD FORECAST STATEMENT – UPDATE 03/01/14

PUBLISHED: 03 JAN 2014

Natural Resources Wales is continuing to urge people near the Wales coast to remain prepared and keep themselves safe following extreme high tides which have caused flooding across many coastal communities this morning.

Although the tides peaked this morning across large areas of Wales, this evening’s tides remain very high and predictions show that in Cardigan Bay they may be higher than this morning’s levels.

This could lead to further overtopping of sea defences and flooding to roads and properties close to the seafront at Aberystwyth and Borth.

Severe Flood Warnings will be issued for both these areas very shortly.

Concerns also remain about the Usk estuary and the Crindau area of Newport in particular where a Severe Flood Warning will remain in place.

The tide is expected to peak in Aberystwyth at 9.20 this evening and at Newport at 8.40pm.

The remaining Severe Flood Warnings in North Wales will be removed shortly.

Elsewhere in Wales, further high tides are expected this evening. Although levels are not expected to be quite as high as this morning people are urged to remain prepared and take action to protect their properties.

A spokesperson from Natural Resources Wales said:

“Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by flooding today, during one of the worst storms to affect the Welsh Coastline in many years.

“Although in many places the tide has now peaked, it’s important to stress that further high tides are expected, and flood water remains in many places, conditions are still extremely dangerous.

“Those who have been affected by flooding, or are concerned about flooding in their area, can get advice and information by phoning Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by visiting our website.”

During the day officers from Natural Resources Wales have been out checking flood defences and repairing damage to some of them so they are robust as they can be ahead of tonight’s high tides.

Over the last 48 hours, Natural Resources Wales has issued flood warnings to more than 23,000 properties across Wales (14,800 in North Wales, 3,600 in the South West and 4,660 in the South East).

In the last 10 years it has invested £125 million in which has reduces the risk of flooding to more than 7,000 properties in Wales.

The forecast remains unsettled throughout the weekend, with further heavy rainfall expected for Sunday.

People are advised to remain alert and to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and news reports for details of any disruption in their area.

Flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes on this page.

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