NRW urges extreme caution as Storm Eunice brings risk of significant flooding to coastal communities around the Welsh coast
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is urging people to exercise extreme caution as strong winds caused by Storm Eunice and high tides are expected to lead to property flooding and widespread disruption on Friday.
increasing, and we expect to be issuing multiple flood warnings around the Welsh coastline. There are fears the storm could even lead to the issuing of some severe flood warnings.
Ross Akers, Duty Tactical Manager for NRW, said:
“Storm Eunice has the potential to have severe impacts along the Welsh coast and we are urging people to prepare in advance to protect themselves and their property.
“Spring tides coupled with gale-force winds are likely cause a large storm surge and very high waves which could lead to flooding of low-lying coastal areas and the overtopping of sea and coastal defences along the coast.
“The first impacts will be felt along Wales’ southern coast between 7am and 7.30am and, as high tide moves northward at Aberystwyth at 9am, Llandudno at 12 noon before finally reaching the Dee Estuary at around 1pm.
“We are monitoring the situation very closely, but we are very concerned that if the reasonable worst-case forecast materialises, then we are likely to see significant flooding impacts in many places along our coastal areas.
“Wind speeds could also result in damage in many areas. We are urging caution, and for everyone to keep a close eye on the weather forecasts and check the NRW website for the latest flood warnings.
“If you are in a low-lying area near sea, be prepared to move quickly if needed. Consider moving valuables from ground floor, move your car to higher ground, maybe even think about packing a bag, including any medicines in case you need to move quickly.
“NRW’s website has lots of practical advice on what to do in advance
“Please take extra care and stay away from coastal paths and promenades as large waves can sweep you off your feet or you can be hit by falling debris.
“If your visit to a coastal location is not essential, then stay away as conditions could be very dangerous. Above all, heed the advice in our warnings and take action to prepare if you receive an Alert, Warning or Severe Flood Warning.”
People can check their flood risk and register for free flood warnings for coastal and main river flooding either by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 24 hours a day or by visiting https://naturalresources.wales/flooding/?lang=en
Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the NRW website every 15 minutes. You can check your 5-day flood warnings on the NRW website Natural Resources Wales / 5-day flood risk outlook
There are practical steps that you can take to prepare for flooding on the NRW website: https://naturalresources.wales/flooding/preparing-for-a-flood/?lang=en