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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Storm advice from North Wales Fire & Rescue Service

As the country braces itself for a severe storm, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has issued the following safety advice:

* Secure any loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown over and cause damage.

* Close and securely fasten all doors and windows.

* Where possible, park vehicles in a garage; otherwise park them away from trees, walls or fences.

* Stay indoors as much as possible.

* If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to trees.

* If you experience any damage, do not go outside to make repairs. Wait until the weather has improved.

* Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging.

* Be a good neighbour and make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe.

* Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary. If your journey is essential then check first with Traffic Wales an plan your journey in advance. If you have to drive, observe the road conditions. Puddles may be deeper than they appear. Please don't take any unnecessary risks.

* Slow down and be aware of side winds - particular care should be taken if you are towing or are a high sided vehicle.

* If you are experiencing flooding in your home - get yourself to a place of safety, maybe upstairs. If you are taking any medication take this with you.

* Do not exit your property if there is fast flowing water outside.

* Stay safe and listen to the advice of the emergency services and evacuate if told to do so.

* Gather essential items together either upstairs or in a high place.

* Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies when flood water is about to enter your home and if safe to do so. DO NOT touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water.

If you require sandbags, please contact your local council rather than your local fire and rescue service. In busy periods, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service will prioritise calls to those where it is believed life is at risk.

For up to date information on flood warnings and advice, visit Natural Resources Wales - they monitor the weather situation closely and keep a close eye on river levels.

Residents can also contact Floodline on 0845 988 1188 using quickdial 194902 for up-to-date flooding information and advice in their local area.

Flood warnings are also broadcast on local TV and Radio, and check the North Wales Police website for the latest on road closures.

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