3rd May 2012
Leicestershire Fire and Service would like to warn the community of the dangers of flood water after attending five incidents of people becoming trapped when trying to cross river fords.
With more rain forecast for the weekend Technical Rescue Manager Neil Mayne, who specialises in water rescues, has urged the public to exercise caution when driving near potentially flooded areas.
“Owing to the large amount of rain we are experiencing locally we recommend that members of the public carefully plan any journeys,” he said. “Use maps to avoid any ford crossings or areas you know are prone to flooding.
“Remember six inches of moving water can knock an adult off their feet. Two feet of moving water is enough to move a car or a 4x4 vehicle. Do not attempt to drive or walk through water of an unknown depth because you won’t know it’s too deep until it’s too late.”
He added: “If you are unsure then do not enter the water.”
Anyone who finds a road that is flooded with no warning signs should telephone Leicestershire County Council on 0116 305 0001 to pass on details.
More information on flood risks and prevention is available at: www.localresilienceforum.org.uk.
Date: 23rd May 2013