Posted: Tue 21st Mar 2017

Risk Of Flooding Has Increased Over The Past Three Decades

This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017

As the risk of flooding has increased over the past three decades, the North Wales Resilience Forum has undertaken a good deal of work in planning for such emergencies. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

To mark ‘Resilience Week’ the Forum’s Learning and Development Group will tomorrow, Tuesday 21st March, be staging a Flooding Conference at Venue Cymru, Llandudno. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Chair of the Forum, Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard will be opening the Conference and highlighting the flooding issues which have affected many parts of North Wales, from the Towyn floods of 1990 to the more recent incidents in Beaumaris, St Asaph, and the Conwy Valley and on the A55. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We are mindful that flooding now poses a high risk for North Wales,” said Mr Pritchard. “We understand the community concerns about flooding and the devastating consequences for communities. A multi-agency response is required to deal effectively with flooding and we are pleased to have speakers from National Resources Wales, the Met Office, Flood Wardens and others who have suffered the consequences of flooding or dealt with such incidents to share their experiences.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Representatives from all the emergency services, local authorities, the Welsh Government, flood wardens, voluntary sector organisations as well as residents and business people from previously flooded areas across Wales and North West will attend at the conference. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“During flooding emergencies the co-ordinated multi-agency aim is to work together to save lives and minimise harm. It is also a priority to minimise the environmental impact, maintain services and to restore normality as soon as possible.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

T / Chief Constable Pritchard added: “By looking at issues of flooding from the different perspectives of those involved, we aim to increase knowledge, share good practice and improve community resilience across North Wales.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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