Flood Planning

3 January 2014

Due to a flood warning, Helm Housing staff have visited areas at highest risk of floods today (Friday 3rd January 2014) and sandbags have been left with properties most at risk.


Anyone who requires assistance or is affected by flooding should contact the Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100.


The Police Service of Northern Ireland are currently coordinating a multi agency planning team in anticipation of a tidal coastal surge at midday today (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: â??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.


â??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. 


 â??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.


â??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.â?


For advice and guidance, people are advised to visit the flood advice pages on both the Belfast City Council and NI Direct websites. If you have any specific concerns you can contact the Police on their non-emergency number 0845 600 8000 or contact the Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100.

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