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FLOOD FORECAST STATEMENT – UPDATE 30/01/14

Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales is urging people to prepare for the risk of further flooding across Wales this weekend both on the coast and inland.

A band of heavy rain is expected throughout Friday which is likely to lead to localised surface water flooding particularly across the south of the country. Motorists are reminded to take extra care while travelling.

Of greater concern is the risk of coastal flooding. From Friday night into Saturday high tides combined with very strong winds will create a high risk of coastal flooding.

Most of the Welsh coastline is likely to experience stormy conditions, but the worst affected areas are likely to be the south and west Wales coasts where tidal surges and large waves could cause localised property flooding and transport disruption.

Current forecasts show that the tides will peak on Saturday morning and again during Saturday evening. High tides and strong winds will persist into next week with Monday morning’s high tide to again create a risk of coastal flooding.

We are working closely with the Met Office to track the developing storm and its severity. The coastal storm surge is not currently expected to be as severe as at the beginning of January however we are advising people to be precautionary and be prepared in case the situation deteriorates.

We strongly advise people to stay clear of promenades and sea fronts as they could be swept away by large waves or hit by debris.

Natural Resources Wales’ staff will be checking our coastal and river defences are in good working order, clearing watercourses and working closely with local authorities to help ensure communities are prepared ahead of the weekend’s weather.

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

Information and updates are also available by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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