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Prepare For Adverse Weather Conditions

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Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is prepared to tackle any severe weather that could hit the County Borough over the next few days.

Residents are being urged to be on their guard as reports predict high winds and heavy rainfall, with a risk of flooding over the next few days.

Those living in the County Borough are advised to be mindful of debris and leaves that could block drains near their homes and to make contact with the Council if they spot an obstruction or potential problems.

Residents are also being advised to stay away from parks and woodland areas where there is a risk of trees coming down. There is also a risk that some power supplies could be affected.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is reassuring its residents that all possible efforts will be made to tackle any adverse weather conditions. Cleansing sweepers are also out and about in the locality removing leaf fall in a bid to minimise the risk of flooding.

Further wet and windy weather will spread across Wales from the west during this afternoon and evening before clearing later in the night.

Some showers are likely for Saturday which could cause localised disruption as they may be prolonged and heavy at times. Sunday is likely to be cold and windy with showers but are unlikely to cause any disruption.

There is likely to be further heavy winds and rain on Monday and a “Yellow Warning” from the Met Office is in place at present but could change. Further into the week, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day appears quieter with an indication of further wet and windy conditions returning on Boxing Day.

Cllr Andrew Morgan, Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, said: “Due to the autumn months, and with leaves falling from trees at such a rapid rate during heavy rain and high winds, there is a risk that blocked drains could cause some traffic disruption due to localised flooding of road surfaces.

“With the threat of a significant storm this weekend, our residents need to be assured that Council officers will be constantly monitoring the weather conditions and will be working with its Streetcare team to ensure that all situations will be addressed immediately and with as little disruption as possible.

“Public safety will remain paramount and we ask the public to work with us and alert us of any incidents. Should the public require assistance over the weekend due to flooding or trees being brought down onto the highways they should ring 01443 425001.

“It is often the case that small piles of leaves and debris can build up on a drain cover which can potentially cause a flooding issue and simply clearing them can ease the wider risk of water build-up and flooding.”

If residents are able to do this safely themselves, then they are encouraged to do so, or make contact if they need assistance.

Poor driving conditions are anticipated across the County Borough in the event of adverse weather and motorists are being advised to take extra care on the roads and ensure they drive in accordance to the conditions.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is doing all it can at this stage to be prepared and staff remain on stand by should any issues arise.

For more information or assistance and for out-of-hours emergencies contact 01443 425001. Weather updates are available on the Natural Resources Wales website at www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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