The dangers of wading through flood water
21st January 2014
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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.

For more information visit the Environmental agency website for a three day flood risk forecast as well as an advice page called Get Help after the Flood with useful contacts of organisations that can offer advice, information and services.

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