Nearly 3500 homes and businesses across south Wales are to benefit from a free flood warning service introduced today (19 March, 2014) by Natural Resources Wales.
The new service will provide people in the areas with advance warning of potential flooding by a method of their choice - such as text message, phone call or email.
It has been introduced following the introduction of new river level gauges and updated flood modelling which has provided the organisation with better knowledge of how rivers react in periods of heavy rainfall.
From today (19 March, 2014), the new service will be available in the following areas:
- Lower Swansea Valley
- Baglan, Neath Port Talbot
- Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan
- Pwll, Llanelli
People living in the area, who may be at risk of flooding, are encouraged to contact Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or 0345 988 1188 to register for the warnings.
A spokesperson from Natural Resources Wales said:
“The introduction of a flood warning service for these communities will help to provide reassurance to many people in the area who are at risk of flooding.
“As well as registering for the warnings, we’re also encouraging people to start about planning ahead and thinking about how they would deal with a flood and what they would need to do.
“We can’t always prevent flooding from happening, but we can help communities to prepare for it and provide warnings so that should the worst happen, they are well equipped and ready to respond.”
People can find out if their property is at risk of flooding, and to find out if a free flood warning service is available to them by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by visiting this page.