Cheshire West and Chester Council services were placed on standby this morning (Saturday, February 1) as high spring tide predictions posed the risk of flooding to the rain swollen banks of the River Dee.
The environment agency has issued six flood warnings in the Cheshire West and North Wales border areas stretching from the North Wales coast to the Dee Estuary.
High tide - expected from noon to 1.30pm - could potentially bring flooding to the river’s Hawarden embankment, including Queensferry, Sandycroft and Saltney and the Northern embankment including Deeside Industrial Park, Garden City, Sealand and part of Chester West Employment Park.
An Environment Agency warning for the tidal River Dee and Chester names risk areas as the Groves, River Lane and areas around New Crane Street. The high tide on January 3 this year affected the same areas.
And flooding is also expected to affect properties and farm land on the English stretch of the Dee from Frog Lane, Shocklach to Chester including locations at Farndon, Poulton, Aldford, Eccleston and Huntington.
Teams from the council’s Highways and Street Scene services were standing by at risk areas and over 2000 sand bags were available if needed, together with tankers to pump away surface water if needed.
CWAC’s Emergency Management and Response Team has opened an incident centre at the Council’s Headquarters building to coordinate the authority’s response to the situation.