Emergency Services Prepare For More Extreme Weather

3rd January 2018

We are being advised to prepare for more extreme weather.

A red wind warning remains in place across the Bailiwick for the next 24 hours.

The Met Office has also issued another Severe Flood Warning for tomorrow which, we are told, only happens once every 5 to 8 years in the island.

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The Joint Emergency Services Call Centre handled calls relating to 36 separate incidents this morning as the storm reached its peak.

The Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service dealt with in excess of 18 of those, most of which related to flooding and storm damage.

Extra crews have been drafted on to the shift at Guernsey Fire and Rescue, and Civil Protection Volunteers will be on standby to help when needed.

We have been told the tides have a potential to reach 11 metres tomorrow.

Head of Operations, Pierre Laine, says:

‘We have had an extremely busy period, with multiple agencies working together to minimise the risk and impact to the island. The West Coast and Rue des Goddards were particularly badly affected this morning, and Guernsey Water has assisted States Works by placing two pumps in those areas to lower water levels ahead of the next high tide. 

Big tides and strong winds are expected once again tonight at around 7.30pm and again tomorrow morning at 8am. 

We would urge anyone who considers themselves to be at risk of flooding to take appropriate steps to make their property more resilient by purchasing sandbags and making sure they are in place well before the expected high tides. 

Sandbags can be used to divert moving water as well as debris in an effort to minimise water damage. They are available from States Works during working hours between 7.30am and 4pm for a small charge of £5 per bag.’ 

Guernsey Police are reminding us that extreme weather conditions are forecast, and this does have the potential to cause damage, disruption and possibly danger to life.

Chief Inspector Ian Scholes says:

‘It’s likely roads will be closed, particularly in coastal areas if the weather turns out as forecast. Motorists must comply with road closure signs which are in place primarily for their safety and for the safety of staff that have to work in the danger areas. People are being asked to stay away from the west coast, and to remain indoors whenever possible.’

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