Published on : Saturday, February 29, 2020
The flood-hit towns and cities are preparing for more severe weather as Storm Jorge brings heavy rain and strong winds to the United Kingdom. The police have declared a “critical incident” in South Wales, including Pontypridd and the Ely area of Cardiff, amid the latest storm there.
In Shropshire and Worcestershire, engineers have repaired defences ahead of forecasts of 60mph gusts later. There are more than 80 flood warnings in place in England and Wales, and six yellow weather warnings across the United Kingdom. Most of the flood warnings are in South West England, along the English-Welsh border, and in Yorkshire.
The “critical incident” was declared in south Wales as emergency services work to coordinate their response to the weather. The officers say badly-hit areas include Pontypridd and the Ely area of Cardiff, where residents are being advised to travel only if absolutely necessary.
South Wales Police superintendent Andy Kingdom said water levels are expected to fall during Saturday.
He said that indications are that the rain is set to stop and river levels will soon recede. There is still significant surface water and debris on the roads throughout the force area so they would advise people only to travel if absolutely necessary.
It comes after the region experienced more severe weather overnight on Friday. The fire and rescue teams took 72 calls, with flood water pumped out of several basements and some motorists being rescued after driving into floodwater.
In England, Environment Agency engineers have worked to repair temporary flood barriers in Ironbridge, Shropshire, and Bewdley in Worcestershire. A severe flood warning – meaning a danger to life – for the River Severn at Ironbridge was downgraded on Friday.
The latest storm comes after flooding caused by storms Ciara and Dennis earlier this month.
The Met Office’s weather warning for wind covers much of the UK, while others for rain, wind, snow and ice are in place for northern regions. There are further warnings in place for snow and wind for Sunday.