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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Final update from police on severe weather ...

Severe weather update 10.15pm February 12th

The Multi Agency response to the severe weather affecting all north Wales will now stand down as weather conditions have eased.
 
Although the weather has subsided advice from North Wales Police remains the same of not travelling or venturing out unless absolutely necessary and as earlier outlined for the latest road information check Traffic Wales particularly when planning travel in tomorrow’s rush hour.
 
The Britannia Bridge will remain closed until at least mid-morning (Thursday 13th February) with the Suspension Bridge closed to high sided vehicles until further notice.
 
Mold Road Wrexham will also remain closed until mid-morning and likely to cause delays for motorists linking to the A483.  The Nant y Garth pass in Ruthin is also closed until tomorrow.
 
Scottish Power are still working on resupplying lost power throughout the region but their efforts are being hampered by the conditions and felled trees blocking roads .
 
Chief Inspector Darren Wareing who has led the Multi Agency response from Police HQ “Although the conditions have improved they are still very difficult for motorists with many roads partly blocked through fallen trees and other debris.  I’d advise motorists to plan well ahead for tomorrow morning or even postpone the journey until conditions return fully to normality.
 
“Our efforts are focused onto clearing roads, restoring power and returning the area to normality as quickly but as safely as possible.   I would still advise extra care to be taken if any journey needs to be made on foot due to roofing materials dislodged by high winds.
 
“I’d also like to sincerely thank the local and motoring communities for their patience, understanding and common sense which has helped ease the burden on Emergency Services”
 
“In order to allow emergency services sufficient time to attend I would also ask that contact is kept at an appropriate and sensible level so our resources can be deployed where absolutely necessary.   For any issues about fallen trees or debris that are not affecting traffic or risk to the public please call 101.  Only dial 999 if there is a risk to life.”
 
People are also asked if they can to continue to look out for elderly vulnerable neighbours and friends.
 
Commuters are being advised to contact Train or Bus services to ascertain if they will be operating in the morning. 
 
Ferry passengers arriving at Holyhead Port are being advised by Stena to remain within the confines of the Port until onward travel is possible.
 
North Wales Police have deployed extra resources and are asking members of the public to assist by staying away from affected areas for their own safety and to allow Emergency Service unhindered access. 
 
For further updates monitor local TV and Radio stations and Police Social Media and if anyone has any concerns phone 101 or in an emergency 999 and appropriate resources will be deployed.
 
For up to date traffic conditions in the area visit  http://www.traffic-wales.com/

Severe weather update 9.00pm February 12th

12/02/2014 The Multi Agency response to the severe weather affecting all north Wales continues.
 
The ‘Red’ severe weather warnings remain in place as does advice from North Wales Police of not travelling or venturing out unless absolutely necessary.  For the latest road information check Traffic Wales.
 
The Britannia Bridge remains closed to all traffic with the Suspension Bridge closed to high sided vehicles with other traffic flowing freely.  Scottish Power are still working on resupplying lost power throughout the region.
 
Chief Inspector Darren Wareing who is managing the Multi Agency response from Police HQ in Colwyn Bay said  “The weather continues unabated throughout the whole region and all emergency services are fully committed.   Our advice remains the same.  Please stay indoors where possible as roads are still affected by fallen trees and other debris.   Traffic is affected throughout the region and so any unnecessary travel is adding to the problem.   Extra care should also be taken if any journey needs to be made on foot due to roofing materials dislodged by high winds.
 
“The Multi Agency response will continue until weather and road condition improve however I would also ask that contact with the emergency services is kept at an appropriate and sensible level so our resources can be deployed where absolutely necessary.   For any issues about fallen trees or debris that are not affecting traffic or risk to the public please call 101. Only dial 999 if there is a risk to life.”
 
People are also asked if they can to continue to look out for elderly vulnerable neighbours and friends.
 
Train services remain suspended throughout north Wales with many roads affected by fallen trees and other debris.
 
North Wales Police have deployed extra resources and are asking members of the public to assist by staying away from affected areas for their own safety and to allow Emergency Service unhindered access. 
 
For further updates monitor local TV and Radio stations and Police Social Media and if anyone has any concerns phone 101 or in an emergency 999 and appropriate resources will be deployed.
 
For up to date traffic conditions in the area visit  http://www.traffic-wales.com/
 
Severe weather update from North Wales Police - 7.25pm February 12th

The Multi Agency response to the severe weather affecting north Wales continues.

 
‘Red’ severe weather warnings remain in place with North Wales Police advising not to travel unless absolutely necessary and for those whose need is essential to allow extra time, drive within the conditions and check Traffic Wales for updates.
 
The Britannia Bridge remains closed to all traffic with the Suspension Bridge closed to high sided vehicles.  Scottish Power are attending affected properties throughout the region.
 
HGVs are being directed to Bryn Cefni in Llangefni and Bryn Cegin in Bangor where they are being ‘stacked’ until the weather improves and Red Cross are on site providing refreshments.
 
Chief Inspector Darren Wareing who is managing the Multi Agency response from Police HQ in Colwyn Bay said  “The weather is still atrocious and slowly moving across the force area in an easterly direction.   Our message remains the same to stay indoors where ever possible as roads are becoming impassable in coastal areas and inland due to falling trees and debris including roofing.   Please don’t travel unless it is absolutely necessary.”
 
The officer also added for those who are able to check upon the welfare of any vulnerable neighbours and friends.
 
Train services have been suspended throughout north Wales.
 
Roads currently closed in the area include the A470 at Glan Conwy and A483 Chirk Viaduct due to a downed tree and strong winds respectively.  Mold Road Wrexham is also closed by the football ground and is unlikely to reopen by the morning rush hour.
 
North Wales Police have deployed extra resources and are asking members of the public to assist by staying away from affected areas, not just for their own safety but also to allow Emergency Service vehicles unhindered access. 
 
Members of the community are being asked to monitor local TV and Radio stations and Police Social Media for updates in relation to the weather and if anyone has any concerns, in an emergency call 999 and appropriate resources will be deployed.
 
For up to date traffic conditions in the area visit  http://www.traffic-wales.com/


Earlier ...


In the latest update on the weather this morning (Wednesday), the Environment Agency says there are currently 16 severe flood warnings, 124 flood warnings and 229 flood alerts in place across the UK.

North Wales Police says on Twitter: “Met Office warnings in place today - please don't put yourselves or others at risk by going to weather affected areas to take photographs.”

And the force’s control room tweeted: “Very high winds have been forecast for North Wales today. High-sided vehicles to take particular care on our roads.”

In other weather-related tweets this morning, Chirk Castle says: “Chirk Castle will be closed today Wednesday 12 February due to adverse weather.”

And IT Wales says: "Virgin trains to halt north Wales services this afternoon."

Later ...

Wrexham.com has just tweeted (5.27pm) that it has had reports that the Wrexham's Racecourse Ground has been damaged in the storm with debris on Mold Rd.

Tweeted around 8pm: North Wales Police@NWPolice 38m
The A483 viaduct is currently closed due to the weather conditions until further notice.

Tweeted around 6pm: Llangollen Fire@Llangollenfire 2h
Also a big tree down on the A539 just before the speed camera in the south bound lane.


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