10:01am Thursday 2nd January 2014 in News
Natural Resources Wales is urging people to take action and be prepared as high tides combined with strong winds could lead to coastal flooding over the coming days.
Most of the Welsh coastline is likely to experience stormy conditions, and the effects are likely to be worse with the high tides from Thursday evening through to Saturday, with tidal surges and large waves potentially causing localised flooding.
This is likely to lead to a large number of coastal Flood Warnings and further Flood Alerts being issued across the Welsh coastline.
A Natural Resources Wales spokesman said: “People living near the coast should be prepared, and should be careful not to walk or drive too close to the coast during high tide.
“People are advised to stay clear of promenades and should not stand too close to the sea front as they could be swept away by large waves or hit by debris.”
Emergency response workers will be at key sites checking that Natural Resources Wales coastal defences are in good working order and making sure any drainage grids and screens are clear, to reduce the risk to people and their homes.
Officers are also working closely with relevant local authorities and emergency services to make sure areas are prepared ahead of the forecast.
The spokesman added: “Flood water can be extremely dangerous, and people should not attempt to walk or drive through it unless instructed by the emergency services.”
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.