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Drivers warned about dangers of floodwater


Date: 22nd November, 2019

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding drivers to take care when driving on roads potentially affected by flooding.

A number of calls have been received today (22 November) from people who have driven into floodwater and then got stuck. Two rescues have been carried out.

With bad weather likely to continue over the weekend, the Service is keen that drivers recognise the dangers of surface water on the roads.

Area Manager Kathy Collis said: “Very often, surface water doesn’t appear very deep but there can be unseen dips in the road which then catch drivers unaware. There is also a risk of drivers in larger vehicles driving through water without dropping their speed, which then creates a ‘bow wave’ effect – and this can cause significant risks for other vehicles. While this wet weather continues, please drive to the conditions and be particularly cautious at fords, where water levels can rise a lot in a short space of time.”

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

Updates on road conditions can be found on social media and via local radio and media websites, so check your route before you set off, and allow extra time for any necessary diversions.

 

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