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Flooding expected along north Wales coast

Natural Resources Wales is urging people along the north Wales to prepare themselves and their properties for flooding.

FLOOD FORECAST STATEMENT: UPDATE 9:30 hrs 05/12/13

Natural Resources Wales is urging people to along the north Wales coast to take action to protect themselves and their properties from flooding.

High tides and forecast gale force winds is forecast to cause sea surges at their highest levels for the last 10 years, possibly 20 years, from 11.30 am today (5 December, 2013).

It is forecast that these will create sea levels 1m higher than normal. This will overtop defences in certain places and cause flooding for people living in those areas, and could include caravan parks.

People are advised to do as much as they can to prepare, like moving important and valuable items to safety, making sure they keep themselves and their families safe and to listen to the advice of emergency services.

Natural Resources Wales has already issued 12 Flood Warnings and Severe Flood Warnings are likely to be issued for the Greenfield to Bagillt and Point of Ayr in the Dee Estuary later this morning.

Current Flood Warnings in force are at:

  • Anglesey: Red Wharf Bay
  • Cheshire: Hawarden Embankment
  • Conwy: Kinmel Bay Area A
  • Conwy: Llanddulas
  • Conwy: Llanfairfechan
  • Denbighshire: Prestatyn Area A
  • Denbighshire: Rhyl Area A
  • Flintshire: Ffynnongroyw Area A
  • Flintshire: Greenfield to Bagillt Area A
  • Flintshire: Point of Ayr Area A
  • Gwynedd: Bangor

Natural Resources Wales is also warning people to avoid visiting the sea front due to the risk of being swept away by large waves or hit by wind-blown debris.

The high tide is expected to peak at approximately 11.30 am today (4 December, 2013) on the eastern parts of Anglesey and continue up the coast towards Flintshire during the morning and into the afternoon.

Emergency response workers from Natural Resources Wales will be at key sites across the area checking defences are in good working order and making sure any drainage grids and screens are clear, to reduce the risk to people and their homes.

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