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Residents urged to evacuate due to severe flood risk

Published date: 05 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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RESIDENTS in part of Flintshire are being urged to evacuate their properties because of the severe risk of flooding.

Flintshire residents in the Greenfield to Bagillt area and the Point of Ayr area are being urged to evacuate their properties due to the risk, as a result of a combination of high winds and high tides.

The high risk time is between 11.45am and 12.15pm. 

High tide and gale force winds are due to create the highest tide in a decade or more around the north Wales coast, according to Natural Resources Wales.

The specific areas which need to be evacuated are Talacre, Ty’n Y Morfa, Dee Bank, Boot, Welston, Walwen and the Greenfield Business Park.

The alert levels for these areas are at their highest possible state.

People are being asked to take action to move important and valuable items to safety, making sure they keep themselves and their families safe and to listen to the advice of emergency services.

Holywell Leisure Centre in Fron Park Road is being made available as a rest centre for anyone affected who wishes to use it.

At 2pm, police said a multi agency approach was continuing throughout the region.

A spokesman said: "Residents are being urged to monitor emergency services messages online, on radio and television for the latest information.

"If other areas need to be evacuated emergency services will alert residents, inform the media, update social media and attend locations to assist to ensure people’s safety."

Anyone unable to evacuate please call 101 and arrangements will be made.

Some schools in the area have also started to close their doors, with Bryn Tirion Hall school, Caergwle and Sealand Primary School fully closed.

Queensferry Community Primary School, Saltney Ferry Primary School, Saltney Wood Memorial Primary school and St Anthony's Catholic Primary School are partially closed - with parents being given the option of whether to collect their children.

Several roads are also being closed in the region - with diversions being put into place.

The A548 Coast Road between Aber Road, Flint and Well Hill in Greenfield has been closed due to the flooding risk.

The Flintshire Bridge has also been closed.

No trains are running between Holyhead and Chester due to the adverse weather.

A spokesman for Arriva Trains Wales said: "All services along the North Wales Coast have also been suspended due to flooding on the line caused by high waves.

"Arriva Trains Wales advises passengers not to travel to and from stations on these routes due to limited availability of rail replacement buses in North Wales.

"Tickets dated for travel today are valid for travel tomorrow."

They added: "Due to poor weather conditions and high winds that have brought down trees and power cables on the line between Church Stretton - Shrewsbury, Ruabon and Chirk,  train services between North Wales/Manchester to South Wales may be cancelled or severely delayed."

Sea levels are forcast to be up to 1m higher than normal.

Windspeeds of around 60-70mph have been reported along the coast of North Wales this morning.

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.

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.

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/alerts or by calling Floodline on 0845 988 11 88.

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

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