Posted: Wed 20th Jan 2021

Updated: Thu 21st Jan

Houses evacuated in New Broughton as flooding hits area – “all available resources” deployed by council

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This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jan 20th, 2021

Final 11:45PM Update   Wrexham Council have said “Earlier this evening, nine properties were flooded in Berse Road in New Broughton and some residents had to be evacuated.

“Some are sheltering with relatives, while others have been found accommodation by the council after being sheltered for a short time in a church hall. Our housing teams have been making sure they are safe and settled.”

“The council is working closely with partner agencies (including emergency services) through the night to address local issues being created by Storm Christoph.”

“Lots of roads have been affected by flooding, but the peak of this seems to have passed for the moment in some areas, and our environment teams have put in place signage on roads affected.”

“It’s also been snowing heavily on areas of high ground and our gritting teams are out.”

We’ll continue to review the situation across the county borough on a regular basis through the night, including monitoring flooding hotspots.”

Wrexham Council added, “If you need to report any issues about the current weather situation in Wrexham County Borough, you can call the council’s out of hours number on 0155 475 2310.”

11PM Update: Natural Resource Wales have update their flood warning for Bangor-on-Dee , “The A525 & Straight Mile are currently closed due to flooding. River levels at Manley Hall are rising and are expected to do so for the next 6 hours. River levels at Bangor on Dee are rising and are expected to do so for the next 8 hours. Flood defences are now in operation and inspections taking place. Overtopping and/or breaches of these defences may cause flooding to properties at risk. There is a significant risk of localised flooding problems from surface water.”

8:15PM Update: Cllr David A Bithell Lead Member Environment and Transport at Wrexham Council has said “Over 40 streetscene staff are being deployed across the county with significant rainfall overflowing from rivers and fields onto the public highway.

“The amount of water in places is very deep, up to waist height. Please don’t ignore road closed signs. We have evacuated some properties in New Broughton with the assistance of mountain rescue due to high water levels.”

“On high ground we now have levels of snow falling and our gritting crews are being deployed to higher routes as temperatures drop. Please do not go out unless absolutely necessary as all emergency services are being deployed across the county assisting with many calls. Our staff will remain out all night.”

North Wales Police have said, “We are working extremely hard with the local agencies, fire service & councils. The weather is getting very extreme & shows no signs of holding up, please keep to essential journeys only & plan ahead. Our control room is also busy, please utilise web chat facilities.”

Original information below, including more images/video:

Heavy rain, and possibly some snow, is set to continue through to the early hours hitting an already waterlogged Wrexham.

Cllr David A Bithell Lead Member Environment and Transport said “All available resources are being deployed across the county to deal with significant rainfall and surface water blocking many roads.

“Multiple road closures are in place and drivers are requested not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Officers are liaising with NRW and emergency services and out of hours team.”

Rossett Community Council have said, “The normal in hours number to request sandbags is 01978 298989. However in out of hours they are asking you to call 01978 292055. There is a message from Delta Wellbeing, and you select the option for out of hours emergency.”

“They are inundated with calls and sandbags are being prioritised for house that are in immediate threat of flooding.”

Queensway Councillor, Carrie Harper, advised her Ward “I know people are worried about potential flooding and that the river is high. The councils Environment department have brought in extra staff and resources to try and cope with demand from the storm but unfortunately there are problems right across Wrexham tonight. If the water is getting close to your door, please phone 01978 298 989 (this number will also work out of hours). Your report will then be recorded centrally and resources allocated as soon as possible. I’ll also bee keeping an eye on things on here tonight.”

Natural Resource Wales have local alerts active, saying for the lower Dee area: “The rainfall is forecast to continue for at least the next 8 hours and conditions are expected to deteriorate. River levels at Manley Hall are rising and are expected to do so overnight. River levels at Farndon are rising and are expected to do so for the next day or so. Flood defences are now in operation and the situation on site is being constantly monitored. There is a significant risk of localised flooding problems from surface water.”

They also have staff on site at Bangor on Dee monitoring the situation, “There is a significant risk of flooding to roads and properties. The A525 & Straight Mile are currently closed due to flooding. The rainfall is forecast to continue for at least the next 8 hours and conditions are expected to deteriorate. River levels at Manley Hall are rising and are expected to do so overnight. River levels at Bangor on Dee are rising and are expected to do so overnight. Flood defences are now in operation and the situation on site is being constantly monitored. There is a significant risk of localised flooding problems from surface water.”

Throughout the day images and video of flooding in the area have been tweeted to @Wrexham :

Bobby’s picture is as yet, unconfirmed:



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