Massive relief as Flintshire let off lightly in floods

Published date: 06 January 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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HOMES and businesses in Flintshire managed to escape the worst of the flooding that battered much of the country on Friday.

Sandbags were piled up outside homes and rescue centres were set up as residents living along the coastline prepared for a possible deluge.

Two of the four severe flooding warnings issued by the Met Office for Wales on Friday were in force in the county.

Hundreds of homeowners were also told to leave their properties and make their way to rescue centres set up at Holywell and Deeside Leisure Centres, as well as one at Talacre Village Hall, although many remained in their homes.

In fact only a handful used the shelters. A Flintshire Council spokesman said about five households had used the facility in Holywell.

As well as the two severe warnings, there were four standard flood warnings in place in the county on Friday.

But despite fears the noon high tide could bring some of the highest waters in 16 years, Flintshire largely avoided any major problems.

There was disruption to travel, with some roads and rail affected on Friday morning.

A gold command strategy unit was set up to co-ordinate the efforts, and an increased police presence was visible in the affected areas.

Chief Superintendent Jeremy Vaughan, of North Wales Police, who led the response, said: “Thankfully the number of local incidents was low. We had however prepared for the worst, given the fact that we had severe flood warnings across the area.

“The impact was less severe than anticipated, this could have been very much worse.”

Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant said: “Once again, the severe weather we have been experiencing in North Wales has led to a period of worry and concern for many residents.

“Thankfully, our emergency services, local authority and Natural Resources Wales did an excellent job in making sure people were aware and prepared well in advance of the expected flooding.

“They acted extremely quickly to ensure those who had to leave their homes had somewhere safe to go and their swift action in closing roads helped keep many motorists safe.

“I hope everyone in my constituency and across the region was able to stay safe.

“I will be speaking to community leaders to check on the situations in individual areas and would urge anyone with problems or concerns to contact my office.”

The multi-agency response to the flood threat was stood down just after 3pm.

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