Kinmel Bay has experienced flooding in the past most notably coastal flooding of Towyn and Kinmel Bay in 1990 where some 2,000 homes were evacuated. Our flood risk is mainly associated with coastal flooding and flooding from the left bank of the river Clwyd.
The river Clwyd at times of heavy rain and high tide is retained by an embankment. A pumping station takes water from the drainage canal under the embankment and into the river Clwyd. The embankment is a critical flood protection barrier.
Flood Risk Times
Coastal flooding risk is at its highest during the period of high tides and storm weather from October to April. Registering with FLOODLINE will keep us all informed of flood alerts and warnings in our area. The floods of 1990 resulted from overtopping of the sea at Towyn. Following the 1990 flood substantial coastal defences have been installed but other areas of the coast are relatively exposed. Coastal flooding tends to be at greatest risk when high tides, strong on-shore winds and low atmospheric pressure combine to create storm surges as occurred on 5 December 2013.
Flooding from the river Clwyd left bank is defended by embankments but if these were breached the outlying areas of Green Avenue and Little Canada could be at risk and progressively flood water could move across as indicated by the flood warning area map. The main message is to be prepared.
There are places in Kinmel Bay that reside outside the more densely populated areas and in the outlying places roads, pavements, access, surface water drainage and some services like street lights are not in place or only partially. Care should be taken by flood wardens and residents when traveling at times of flooding through areas with poor roads etc.
Non Residential Properties
Caravan site are a feature of our community and a welcome strength to the local colour and economy. Our area has the largest concentration of holiday caravans in Europe accounting for some 50,000 beds of accommodation in a small area. Seasonal occupancy can mean the caravans are occupied for 10 months of the year with some people resident permanently in caravans taking people into our annual season for high tides and storms. The numbers of people living in caravans between October and April while considerably less that summer numbers is not known. A presumption is that people in caravans during a flood would be advised to go home by site owners on accordance with their flood plans but winter occupants may have nowhere else to go immediately and may require evacuation.
Caravans offer minimum protection in a flood and individual site flood plans should be available for wardens and emergency services. The layout of caravan parks which continue to expand is little known to wardens who maybe asked for local advice but may not have much knowledge of caravan park layout and exposure.
Schools, Medical Centres, Nursing Homes, Day Centres, Sports and Community Centres, Businesses etc.
In the event of an evacuation or emergency involving the emergency services establishing a forward (bronze) command post wardens with these non residential properties in their sectors should be aware of them in order to discuss their local knowledge with the emergency services. The more awareness we have for the non-residential domestic properties, places for refuge and possible vulnerable residents the better help wardens could be in an emergency.