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FLOOD FORECAST STATEMENT – UPDATE 04/01/14 12:00hrs

Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales is expecting to remove all Flood Warnings for coastal areas by lunchtime today (04/01/2014) following the worst storm to have affected the south and west Wales coastline in 15 years.

Emergency response workers for the agency will now focus on checking important defences and repairing any damage caused by the storm and assisting partners to help communities recover.

Workers were in key locations overnight carried out repairs at defences in Fairbourne and Newton (near Porthcawl) to protect homes and businesses.

Although the situation has eased, teams are continuing to monitor closely as more high winds are forecast for Monday. However, the risk of flooding is not likely to be as severe as it was on Friday.

There is also heavy rain forecast for Sunday into Monday which will make driving conditions dangerous on the roads but the risk of flooding to homes is low.

Natural Resources Wales is continuing to advise people to avoid going close to sea fronts as conditions continue to be dangerous, especially as they could be damaged by the recent storm.

At the height of the tide on Friday, Natural Resources Wales had issued almost 23,000 warnings and alerts to properties across Wales.

Their emergency response workers were also out checking defences and clearing blockages ahead of the event and supporting the emergency services deal with any impacts.

Many communities put their flood plans, developed with Natural Resources Wales, into action putting up flood gates and barriers to try and protect themselves and their properties.

A spokesperson from Natural Resources Wales said:

“Our thoughts are with those who have been affected in what will be a very difficult start to the year for many. We will be working with our partners to support those communities and help them recover.

“Although the worst is over, there is further stormy weather forecast for Monday so we will be monitoring very closely. This is not predicted to be as bad but it will still make the coast a dangerous place to be.

“We have invested more than £20m specifically in coastal defences since 2006 at places like Fairbourne, Newport and the Clwyd Embankments. We will continue with this important work and keep working with communities to help them prepare and make sure people are kept safe.”

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