Snow, floods, gales, extremes of temperature etc. can all cause widespread damage to property, local services and human life. We have a major role to play in such circumstances, as do local communities.
For up to date information on severe weather warnings currently in force visit the Met Office website.
Roads and accessibility
During severe weather roads can quickly become hazardous, blocked and inaccessible. We co-ordinate the clearing of roads and try to keep the main roads open. (Motorways (M4, M48) and trunk roads are owned by the Welsh Assembly Government and are maintained by SWTRA (South Wales Trunk Road Agency). Minor and residential roads may remain difficult to negotiate so drive with care.
Police advice will be broadcast on local radio – if you are advised to leave your car at home then please do so. If you are stuck in the snow remain with your vehicle for as long as it is safe to do so. If you have to abandon your car inform the Police of its location.
For information on current road conditions during emergencies call:
AA Roadwatch – 0906 84322
Traffic Wales Information Line – 0845 602 6020 (This call will cost you 3 pence per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.) or visit the Traffic Wales website
It may be necessary to close schools due to severe weather, lack of power or accessibility.
Severe weather can lead to loss of power supply. If power supplies are affected for a long period of time, it is important to be aware of those people in the community who are vulnerable and may need your help.
Call the 24 hour emergency numbers listed below for utility advice in emergencies:
- Gas Emergencies – 0800 111 999
- Dwr Cymru Welsh Water – 08000 520 130
- Swalec – 0800 052 0400
- BT Fault Reporting – 0800 800 151
- Network Rail National Helpline – 08457 114141