Don’t end up like this Exeter family!
Kate Taylor from the Environment Agency has the following timely advice for motorists in very wet weather:
Residents are urged to prepare for flooding and to be aware of the dangers of flood water.
People should remain flood aware with the on-going bad weather and are encouraged to check the Environment Agency web site for the latest flood information. Advice on what to do before, during and after flooding is available on the web site or by calling Floodline on 0845 9881188
Drivers are urged to ‘think not sink’ in times of heavy rain. Motorists who drive into flood water are taking unnecessary risks with their own safety. A misjudged situation can lead to a vehicle breaking down in flood water, leaving the motorists in need of urgent assistance.
Jane Fletcher-Peters from the Environment Agency advises following these safety tips:
‘Do not attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded. Vehicles can float in just 2 feet of water.
If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately if safe to do so and seek higher ground.
Do not travel in heavy rain storms unless absolutely necessary. Keep an eye on weather reports on local television or listen to local radio.