Police And Partner Agencies Issue Water Safety Warning
With water levels at unprecedented levels right across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, West Mercia Police, as well as partner agencies such as the various local councils, the Fire & Rescue Service and the Environment Agency, are concerned that people – including children - may leave themselves exposed to danger by playing close to, or even in flood water that is currently standing in many places.
Even in normal circumstances police warn people against playing in rivers, lakes and ponds but with conditions as extreme as they are at the present time, these warnings are even more pertinent.
Speaking about police concerns, Superintendent Travis said: “We would like to ask people to behave responsibly around the flood water we currently have across West Mercia as you simply never know what lies underneath the water itself or what currents are at work under the surface of it.
“With young people now breaking up for the half term holidays I would ask that they do not do anything reckless in an attempt to impress their friends, or get too close to flood water through being interested in what is happening.
“No matter how harmless or shallow flood water looks, you can never be sure what lies beneath the surface of the water and therefore by the time you realise you are in danger it could be too late.
“We’d also like to remind people of the need to behave responsibly in places such as Worcester, Hereford and Shrewsbury where there is a more active night-time economy. The last thing we want is people getting themselves into difficulty because they have lost control due to alcohol intake.
“Please remember that the emergency services are working extremely hard to help those people who have become vulnerable due to the extreme weather conditions and that resources are stretched right across the country.
“The last thing we need to be dealing with is people who have entered the water through their own recklessness or stupidity. “Having to respond to incidents of this nature would take support away from the people who really are most in need of our help.”
For updates and information about the current flood conditions right across West Mercia, please log on to the dedicated page on our force website at www.westmercia.police.uk/flooding.html.
In addition, to find out more about keeping yourself safe you could also visit the Flood Safety page on the Royal Life Saving Society’s website at www.rlss.org.uk/index.php/water-safety/water-safety-in-a-flood.