Update 5 - Multi Agency response to severe weather in North Wales

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The Multi Agency response to the flooding following severe weather conditions in Denbighshire will continue throughout the night.

 

Emergency Services have undertaken a physical check of properties in affected areas in St Asaph to check the welfare of people.  Many residents have been evacuated to the near by Rest Centre at St Asaph Leisure Centre or made their own arrangements to relocate to relatives or friends.

 

North Wales Police have deployed extra resources in the immediate area to ensure properties remain safe and to reassure the local community.  If members of the community are still concerned about vulnerable family and friends living in the area they are urged to phone North Wales Police on 101.  Police are also asking members of the general public to stay away from the affected areas in St Asaph and Rhuddlan to allow access to Emergency Service personnel and the utilities companies who are planning to work throughout the night.

 

The North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have deployed a High Velocity Pump in the Marsh Road area of Rhuddlan to ensure access roads to and from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd remain open and a further High Velocity Pump has been brought in from West Kirby to relieve the water levels St Asaph.

 

The Rest Centre opened earlier in the day at Ruthin has now been closed and anyone affected by the floods and in need of emergency shelter and refreshments is directed to the Rest Centre at St Asaph Leisure Centre that will remain open throughout the night.

 

Flood warnings remain in place throughout the region, however river levels are falling slowly and no rain fall is expected in the area overnight.   A high tide is expected at 10pm this evening and residents in Rhuddlan in particular are asked to remain vigilant and check with the Environment Agency website and listen to local radio or TV for updates.

 

Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard of North Wales Police said "Our main focus remains the preservation of life and keeping the community safe and we will continue to do all we can with our multi agency partners to ensure this is maintained.  With our partners we will be working throughout the night to ensure water levels are reduced, roads are re opened or kept open and homes, property and of course the community remains safe.  When we believe the affected areas are safe to return to we will notify all concerned but until that time I'd ask, for your own safety, to stay away from those areas.

 

"A number of agencies are working tirelessly together to ensure the community returns to some level of normality and I'd like to pass on my sincere thanks to all the hard work undertaken and also thank the community for their patience and understanding"

 

Members of the public are advised to follow the advice of the Environment Agency on what to do in the event of flooding on the following link:

 

/keeping-you-safe/near-water/advice.aspx?lang=en

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