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Safety warning as Storm Dennis approaches


Date: 15th February, 2020

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding local people about the dangers of flooding as Storm Dennis brings heavy rain and strong winds to the region.

With the bad weather likely to last over the weekend, the Service wants drivers to understand and recognise the dangers of surface water on the roads.

Group Manager Karen Adams 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:

Residents are also reminded not to call the Fire and Rescue Service about fallen trees unless there is a risk to life or property. Please contact your local council’s Highways department instead.

The Service is also reminding people of the risks along the coast, with rockfalls more likely to happen during prolonged periods of rain.

If you intend visiting the coast this weekend, take notice of signs and stay away from the edge and base of cliffs. Other vital advice to follow when near the coast includes:

Updates on weather forecasts and 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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