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Sandbags out as Flintshire prepares for the worst

Published date: 05 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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RESIDENTS on the Flintshire coastline have been warned to prepare to be flooded.

Severe flood warnings sparked Flintshire Council to “prepare for the worst” last night.

Community leaders in Bagillt and Greenfield took to the streets at about 7.30pm to warn residents of high tides and strong winds which are expected to batter the two villages at about  midday today.

Sandbags were delivered to the areas to help protect homes from floods.

Bagillt county councillor Mike Reece was out on High Street warning residents of the storm.

He said: “I got a call from Steve Jones, head of Streetscene, at about 7.30pm saying that a big high tide is coming in and strong winds. The council is filling sandbags and bringing them here for people who want them. We are preparing for the worst.

“I have knocked on every door in High Street. Some of these homes have been flooded in the past.

“Some of the residents are up in arms about this. They appreciate that Green Park Lake, which should take all this water, needs cleaning out so it can take the water.

“People have got Christmas decorations on the floor outside their homes. If it floods, they could blow.

Greenfield county councillor Rosetta Dolphin, who was also out on the streets of her village, said Flintshire Council was “taking no chances”.

“We have warned everyone along Bagillt Road and on Station Road as well as other areas. The council is going to be delivering sandbags. They are being really prepared. We are taking no chances,” she said.

Cllr Dolphin said there was a high tide due at midnight last night but that was not the council’s main concern but it is the high tide due for midday today that has rang the alarm bells.

Earlier this week Cllr Reece raised his concern that Bagillt could fall victim to flooding if something is not done to clear out Green Park Lake which, he said, was full of silt.

He feared that if it was not cleaned that it would overflow and damage properties in the area.

Cllr Reece added: “It is a concern because all I get when I phone up Flintshire Council about it is: ‘We are looking at it’.

“Something has got to happen with it.”

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) staff are urging people along the North Wales Coast to be prepared for flooding.

NRW is warning sea levels could rise by at least one metre due to a storm surge caused by high tides and gale force winds. People are also being warned to avoid visiting the sea front in case of being “swept away by huge waves”.

It has also warned that flood water is “extremely dangerous” and people should not walk or drive through it.

North Wales Police, along with NRW and the local authority, will be working together to identify those at greatest risk.

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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