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Flood warnings issued for coastal areas

Published: Thur, 2 Jan 2014
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Inner East Belfast could be affected by flooding
Cranes at Harland & Wolff shipyard in East Belfast
The PSNI has advised householders in East Belfast, Ards, Newry and Larne to prepare for potential coastal flooding.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland are currently coordinating a multi agency planning team in anticipation of a tidal coastal surge at midday tomorrow (Friday, 3rd January) and again on Saturday and Sunday which has the potential to cause flooding in a number of areas across the country.

ACC Stephen Martin said: “The combination of heavy rain, strong winds and high tides beginning tomorrow and lasting throughout the weekend has created the potential for flooding in a number of coastal areas across Northern Ireland.

“We are currently working with a number of agencies, including the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, the Rivers Agency, Belfast HealthTrust, Road Service, Northern Ireland Water, Northern Ireland Electricity, British Telecom and Translink to ensure that we are well placed to deal with all eventualities. 

“There is the potential for flooding in Belfast. Areas identified as high risk at this time are Sydenham and around the Docks area. We would ask residents in Sydenham to consider making preparations for potential flooding in the area. We will be working to provide assistance those who may be affected.

“In general, over the weekend we would ask all members of the public to stay away from coastal paths and walkways and to drive with extreme caution.

Over the rest of the day we will issue further information and we will, as usual, be issuing regular traffic and travel updates via the media.”

Other areas that could be affected to lesser extents include Larne, Newry and Newtownards.

If your home is at risk of flooding

  • Find out where is the risk of flooding coming from, e.g. drains in the home / in the street / river flooding its bank etc. Report the flood.
  • Block doorways and air bricks if possible as a precaution to stop the water coming into the home.
  • If flooding is imminent, switch off gas and electricity.
  • Move valuables/pets to a higher position and place important documents in sealed plastic bags.
  • Make up an emergency kit to include: medical needs, mobile phone, radio, torch, first aid kit, food and a drink.