Numerous flood alerts across region with heavy wind and rain forecast for next few days – only go out if you have to and never drive or walk into flood water
Heavy rain and wind are forecast today and for the next few days, during and after Storm Eunice.
With river levels rising in parts of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, numerous flood alerts have been issued for the two counties and there is the risk of flooding on roads and farmland.
“We are especially urging people not to drive or walk into flood water,” said a spokesman for the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.
“Flood water can be deceptively fast moving and there may be dangers which are not visible. These might include, for example, lifted manholes which could expose you to the risk of falling deep into drains from which you are unable to escape.
“People walking and driving into flood waters put not only themselves at risk but also those who might be called upon to rescue them.”
You can check for flood warnings in your area at:
If you encounter floods:
- do not take risks or ignore flood warning signs – you could be putting your car, yourself and others in danger by doing so
- driving through flood water can be extremely dangerous because it is impossible to see how deep the water is or whether there are hazards under the water which could damage your car and leave you stranded
- if your home does begin to flood, turn off your electricity supply, and do not touch any sources of electricity such as switches or appliances when you are standing in flood water
- help any elderly family members or neighbours to do the same
- stay alert to local weather and news reports and take notice of any flood warnings and road closures you come across