The Met Office has warned that strong winds and heavy rain associated with Storm Dennis will hit the whole of Rhondda Cynon Taf this weekend (February 15-16), with an increased risk of localised flooding.
The Council is putting in place plans for extra crews and resources to be available, and is taking a number of proactive steps to reduce the risk of flooding – for instance clearing gullies, removing fallen leaves from drains and checking priority culverts throughout the County.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Emergency Planning, said: “Following a meeting held today with Highways, Land Drainage and Emergency Planning staff, the Council is putting plans in place for extra crews and resources to be available, and is taking a number of proactive steps to reduce the risk of flooding.
"This includes checking and clearing high risk gullies, removing fallen leaves from drains and checking priority culverts throughout the County.
“Over 1,000 sand bags have been made ready with extra crews being brought in and additional plant and pumps on stand-by.”
The Council is also asking residents to do their bit, where possible and safe to do so, to help alleviate the risk of flooding. These are small actions which could make a big difference, such as:
- Removing leaves and clearing other debris from private drains and properties, as these are often the main culprits of flooding by blocking drains.
- Checking drainage on private properties, and clearing leaves from street gullies where it is possible and safe to do so.
- Putting sandbags in place where necessary, and at properties which are prone to flooding.
Other important health and safety advice to residents includes:
- Checking that vulnerable/elderly neighbours are safe.
- Driving sensibly in accordance to the weather and road conditions, and avoiding driving in very poor weather conditions.
To report an emergency flood, call 01443 425001. All Out of Hours calls relating to emergency flooding should be directed to 01443 425011.
The Council will also issue any emergency updates via social media – at ‘@RCTCouncil’ on Twitter and ‘Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’ on Facebook.
Posted on Friday 14th February 2020