Another danger is that it is impossible to see what lies beneath your feet and flood water in a very short space of time will erode and wash away road surfaces leaving deep holes and uneven surfaces underneath.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service offer some top tips to staying safe while the flood water persists:
Be aware that flooding can cause manhole covers to come off.
Keep children and vulnerable people out of floodwater.
Don’t walk on riverbanks.
Take care or avoid crossing bridges when water levels are high.
Take care crossing culverts as they are dangerous when flooded.
Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees.
Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch floodwater as it may be contaminated.