COUNCIL teams are on stand-by as the highest tide in 16 years threatens to bring flooding to Chester and rural areas along the Dee.
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for properties and businesses close to the river during the tidal surge, which is expected at 12-12.30pm today.
Chester is expected to bear the brunt of the flood waters, with The Groves, Grosvenor Park Terrace, Chester Racecourse and the Greyhound Retail Park among the areas at risk.
The authority’s Highways and Streetscene teams are currently distributing more than 1,000 sandbags at known flooding points.
Road closures are in place at Souters Lane and Grosvenor Park Terrace in Chester, and at The Parade in Parkgate. Sandy Lane car park in Chester is also closed.
Teams are stationed at several high-risk locations ready to respond to emergency situations such as fallen trees and potential flood damage, should they arise.
Meanwhile, officers are visiting a small number of properties at risk from flooding around Parkgate and Little Neston to warn residents of the potential impact and provide sandbags.
Arrangements have been put in place for vulnerable people who may be affected by the weather.
Today’s high tide at Chester Weir is expected to peak at 6.63m. On December 5, 2013, when the Dee breached its banks, the high tide peaked at 6.14m.