This week (23 June) staff from Natural Resources Wales will begin their door-knocking campaign to raise awareness of the risk of tidal flooding in Prestatyn.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the flood risk, encourage people to sign up to the free flood warning service and identify volunteers who can work with the organisation’s flood team to develop a Community Flood Plan for the town.
A Community Flood Plan captures all the information a community will need if a flood threatens, including the actions it needs to take before, during and after a flood.
This can include the roles and responsibilities of volunteers within the community, safe evacuation points, and the addresses of vulnerable people who may need assistance during a flood.
Recruitment of local volunteers is key to the long-term effectiveness of the plan.
Once established, volunteers can act as the ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground, and be an important link between the community, Natural Resources Wales, Denbighshire Local Authority and the Emergency Services during a flood.
In Prestatyn, 4541 homes, 167 businesses (3 of which are care homes), 2 schools and 11 caravan parks are at risk of tidal flooding.
Keith Ivens, Flood Risk Manager at Natural Resources Wales said: “As part of our campaign we will be encouraging residents to sign up to our free flood warning service and looking for local people to become flood wardens in the town.
“We will also be contacting businesses, schools and caravans parks to encourage them to develop flood plans as part of their own business continuity planning.”
Denbighshire Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, said:
“It’s really important that local people in the Prestatyn area get behind this campaign.
“We have seen a number of flood incidents affecting many families over recent years and the Council is working closely with its partners, including Natural Resources Wales, to inform residents of what they can do to protect themselves and their properties, in the event of a flood.”
Natural Resources Wales will be running further campaigns in North Wales in the coming months.
If you would like to get involved or would like more information please contact us: 01248 484 029.
To sign up to our free flood warning service please phone Floodline: 0345 988 1188.