Drivers Warned To Steer Clear Of Floods On Roads
West Mercia Police are warning drivers to steer clear of flood water on roads across the area.
Officers have been called to a number of incidents in Herefordshire today (Thursday 2 January) where motorists have tried to drive through or around floods and become stranded.
Inspector Andy Smith of West Mercia Police said: “Motorists should not attempt to negotiate flooded roads. It can be very dangerous - especially when flood waters are rising.
“At the least people are going to get wet feet and in the worst cases you can lose your life.
“Flood waters can be very deceptive and even if one driver manages to get through a stretch of flood water, it does not mean that it is safe to follow. Even four-wheel-drive vehicles are not invincible when it comes to floods.”
He added that some of the calls today were from people stranded in remote parts of Herefordshire where access was also difficult for the emergency services.
“Drivers need to think very carefully before trying to go through flood water. Do you want to risk damaging your vehicle and possibly losing your life just for the sake of turning around and finding another route?”
Issued: 2 January 2014
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