Advanced flood alert plan

THOUSANDS of homes and businesses on the Chester and Flintshire border are at risk of being destroyed by tidal waves, a study has revealed.

THOUSANDS of homes and businesses on the Chester and Flintshire border are at risk of being destroyed by tidal waves, a study has revealed.

The discovery prompted safety chiefs to put in place a series of emergency measures.

For the first time, those in danger can sign up to a flood alert system which will give them about 12 hours' notice to pack up their valuables.

The warning can be sent by mobile phone, land line, fax e-mail.

A detailed description of the time and extent of a severe flood will include the message: 'There is extreme danger to life and property. Act now to protect yourself, your family and your home or business.'

More than 6,700 homes and businesses across the county have been identified as being at risk of severe flooding.

Detailed maps show the affected areas include Sandycroft, Saltney, Sealand and areas of Broughton including Hawarden Airport and the Airbus factory.

Environment Agency Wales has sent letters to every home and business in the danger zones alerting them of the risk.

They have been invited to register with the flood warning service and to attend information roadshows.

But so far the take-up has been poor.

Nobody went to an event in Holywell library last Monday, only about 20 people turned up at Queensferry library on Tuesday and a handful went to Connah's Quay library.

* For more information on flood risk areas, call 0845 988 1188.

 

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