St Asaph flood defences tested

Sources: Daily Post & BBC


A multi-agency exercise was launched today to test the emergency services’ response in the wake of devastating floods.

Natural Resources Wales, council officials and emergency crews mocked up a flood scenario similar to the incident which caused hundreds of homes and businesses to flood in St Asaph in November 2012, and where pensioner Margaret Hughes lost her life.

It involved a table-top exercise and live role play with flood alerts and warnings, erecting demountable flood defences (100-metres of Floodstop), testing out emergency evacuation procedures, the flood warden network and supporting community flood plans.

Tim Jones, North Wales director of operations, Natural Resources Wales said: “The flooding in 2012 was devastating for people in St Asaph, destroying homes and businesses, damaging infrastructure and unfortunately ending with tragic consequences for one family.
“We’ve been working hard to support the community in the aftermath of the flooding, and to make sure the city is better prepared to cope with flooding in the future.”

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