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Advice on travelling in adverse weather PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 November 2012 18:36

People are advised to take extra care when travelling around the county, especially as the situation is unlikely to get any better with more heavy rain due overnight.

Drivers should steer clear of flooded roads, with many impassable and heavy rain forecast for Wiltshire and Swindon again this evening (Sunday, November 25).

Following the significant rain earlier this week, the ground is already saturated, and further rain could leave many more roads difficult to pass, or closed completely. Any road closures in place are there for a reason, and drivers are asked to observe them.

Some road closures are still in place, and more could be closed if the expected weather passes through the region. A constantly updated list of roads currently closed is available atwww.wiltshire.gov.uk.

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue is advising people to “think and not sink”, and use a common sense approach when driving through flood water. Rescuing people trapped in flood water uses up valuable emergency service resources which could be deployed elsewhere.

Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council’s highways teams have been working hard with colleagues in the emergency services to clear any flooding, and will be continuing to do so. The work is being coordinated by the Local Resilience Forum (LRF) which prepares for, responds to and helps with the recovery from local major incidents and emergencies.

Should anyone being experiencing any flooding which is either affecting property or causing issues on the roads, they should call 0800 232323 from a landline or 01225 777234 from a mobile phone. However, in an emergency, people should always dial 999.

Priority is always given to flooded properties and major roads which become impassable.

For further advice, you can:

If you are driving through areas affected by flooding, please follow this advice:

  • Don’t drive through standing water - as well as the water damaging your car, there may be hazards under the water you can’t see. If you see a sign to say that the road is closed due to flooding, remember the sign is there for a reason. Don’t try to drive through or you might get stuck
  • If you are driving a larger vehicle, do not go through flood water at speed as this creates a ‘bow wave’ that can then cause flooding to adjacent properties
  • When driving, if heavy rain is making visibility difficult, pull over if possible
  • Remember that roads will be slippery during wet conditions

If you know your home is at risk of flooding, prepare a list of useful phone numbers and keep it somewhere safe. Also:

  • If your home does start to flood, turn off your electricity supply
  • For sewage leaks contact your water company
  • If you have an elderly or vulnerable family member or neighbour who is at risk of flooding, contact them to ensure they are prepared and know what to do should their home flood
  • If you think floodwater might enter your home, move valuables and other items upstairs to safety

Information on how to safely clean up your home following a flood can be found at:http://www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1194947420817

This page provides simple practical advice on what to clean and how to clean it, to minimise the health risks from flood water.