Weather warning for motorists

PUBLISHED: 14:55 19 December 2012 | UPDATED: 15:09 19 December 2012



Conditions on the roads expected to be ‘difficult’. Motorists urged not to put their lives at risk by driving through floodwater.

Motorists are being reminded not to put their lives at risk by driving through floodwater as weather conditions are expected to worsen tonight (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, who issued the warning, say the conditions could be similar to those experienced across Devon at the end of last month.

During one 24-hour period in November alone, fire crews in Devon and Somerset attended 51 incidents involving vehicles stuck in floodwater.

For days after the flooding, crews were still being called to vehicles stuck in floodwater after motorists had ignored or moved road closure signs.

Fire officers are asking residents not to drive through floodwater, as they could be putting themselves or others in danger.

Area manager Alex Hanson said: “It is impossible for motorists to tell how deep water is or the condition of the ground beneath. There is a significant risk to life if motorists become stranded.

“We recommend that people do not make non-essential journeys tonight (Wednesday) or tomorrow morning if they live in areas prone to flooding.

“If they do see floodwater on the road, they should not attempt to drive through it but should try to find an alternative route. And if a road has been closed, it is for the safety of the public and closure signs should be respected.”

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