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South Wales Police declare critical incident in response to Storm Jorge

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Cars drove through a flooded part of the A48 at Bonvilston. Photo credit: Matthew Horwood

UPDATE 10:44am: The critical incident declared following flooding and severe weather related incidents has now been stood down.

Following flooding and severe weather related incidents which have occurred overnight and through the course of the morning, a critical incident has been declared and South Wales Police is co-ordinating a multi-agency response.

The emergency services, jointly with local authority planning departments, local health boards, and organisations such as Natural Resources Wales and utility companies, are working continuously to ensure the safety and welfare of those affected, minimise damage to infrastructure and property, and minimise disruption.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has taken a total of 72 calls between 6pm last night and 6am this morning.

Emergency service activities have centred around the Pontypridd and Ely area of Cardiff.  At its peak Ely Bridge on Cowbridge Road was closed for around 2 hours.

The public can be reassured that everything is being done to ensure their safety and emergency services are coping with the pressure placed upon them.

Superintendent Andy Kingdom, Gold commander, said:  “I would like to thank all our emergency services and partners for their assistance and professionalism.

“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 we would advise people only to travel if absolutely necessary.”

Public Advice for people in affected areas:

  • Remain indoors, unless your journey is absolutely necessary.
  • Steer well clear of dangers such as waterways.
  • In an emergency, dial 999 – let highly skilled emergency service and rescue staff deal with incidents safely.
  • Monitor local media and social media accounts for relevant organisations for updates.
Rhys Gregory
Editor of Wales247.co.uk

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