31/01/2014

Batten down the hatches

High tides on Saturday, coupled with strong winds, could potentially bring about the kind of problems we saw on the Ceredigion coast during the first weekend in January. People living right on the seafront are being advised to be alert and ready to leave their properties for around an hour either side of high tide if that seems necessary. 

High tides on Saturday will be at 8.41am and 9.02pm in Aberystwyth and about 20 minutes later in Cardigan.     

The specific areas thought to be at risk are:
Aberystwyth Promenade
Cardigan - Strand, St Mary Street & Gloster Row
Aberaeron - Quay Parade
Advisory notices have been distributed in these areas.

Sandbags will be available on request by phoning the emergency numbers at the foot of this piece.

There is currently less concern about Sunday and Monday as, although the tides will still be high, the overall weather looks to be more settled then.

If anyone does need to leave their home and they’ve got nowhere else to go then there will be support available from 7am at Aberystwyth and Cardigan Leisure Centres and at Borth Youth Centre.

Aberystwyth University have taken a precautionary approach and have asked their students (about 600 of them) to leave their seafront properties tonight. They will be put up on campus or given assistance to travel home for the weekend.

Council crews are on patrol tonight and from around 6am in the morning.

High Tides - Aberystwyth
Saturday 8.41am & 9.02pm
Sunday 9.23am & 9.44pm
Monday 10.05am & 10.25pm
20 minutes later in Cardigan

Emergency numbers
North - 01970-625277
South - 01239-851604

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