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More downpours forecast across Wales

Published date: 23 November 2012 |
Published by: Geraint Jones
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PEOPLE have been warned to brace themselves for flooding with more rain forecast for the weekend.

The Environment Agency Wales issued amid forecasts of strong winds and persistant rainfall from tomorrow (Saturday, November 24), continuing into next week.

An Environment Agency W\ales spokesman said: "Saturday afternoon through to Sunday morning is the main area of concern as a low pressure system moves through bringing heavy rain to all parts of Wales.

"As the ground is still saturated, further rainfall is likely to cause more travel problems and localised flooding.

"River levels remain high and more rain is likely to lead to more Flood Alerts and possibly Flood Warnings being issued across the country.

The Agency is reminding people about the dangers of flood water.  Only a few inches of flood water can knock a person off their feet, and two feet of water can float a car.

Flood water can hide hidden dangers, and under no circumstances should people attempt to walk or drive through flood water.

Environment Agency Wales flood risk manager Graham Hillier said:

“We understand that this must be a very difficult time for those who have already been affected by flooding. .

“We’re asking people today to remain alert and to prepare for the risk of further flooding over the weekend.

“There are lots of things people can do to prepare for flooding, including signing up for free flood warnings, and preparing personal flood plans and flood kits which they can use in emergencies.”

For more information, call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, or visit  http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood

 

GWYNEDD Council officers are continuing to deal with the aftermath of the severe weather conditions the county has experienced over the past 36 hours.

Council teams have been working around the clock to clear debris, to assess the structural integrity of the area’s road network and to assist members of the public who have been directly affected.

All major roads within the county are now open and passable with care. However, with further extreme weather forecast for the next 48 hours, the council is advising drivers to take extreme care and to avoid any unnecessary journeys.

Gwynedd Council’s environment cabinet member, Councillor Gareth Roberts said: Due to the possibility of further extreme weather over the weekend which may involve standing water on roads turning to ice, we have put our gritting teams on standby.

"We would urge motorists to check the weather reports before embarking on any journeys, especially at night and to proceed with care.”

Anyone who experiences difficulties as a result of the weather can phone the council’s contact centre Galw Gwynedd on 01766 771000.

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