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News from our partners: Flooding advice for road users 

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News from our partners West Mercia Police

With many routes across the region affected by flooding, road users are being reminded to take extra care and exercise caution when travelling.

The Environment Agency have two severe flood warnings still in place today (Tuesday 22 February 2022) at Ironbridge and Beales Corner, Bewdley on the River Severn, alongside numerous warnings and alerts across the Midlands, which will continue to affect driving routes throughout the week. Drivers are urged to take extra care and keep up to date on social media and with local radio stations for news regarding any road closures.

If driving through larger puddles or smaller areas of standing water, drive slowly and steadily, allow oncoming traffic to pass and always test your brakes after leaving the water.

If water has flooded across a section of road it may be difficult to tell exactly how deep it is.  If you do come across a road that is flooded do not attempt to drive through the flood water.  This not only has the potential to put yourself and other people in serious danger, it could also damage your vehicle and wreck your engine.

Pedestrians and cyclists are also urged to stick to clear pathways and cycle routes. With many drainage systems overwhelmed by flooding, there is a danger of drain and manhole covers coming loose which would not be visible if covered by flood water.

Use common sense, plan your route and allow plenty of time. And whether you’re a motorist, pedestrian or cyclist, do not attempt to travel through flood water. If you come across a road closure sign on your journey, do not ignore it. It is there for a reason and ignoring it could put yourself and others in serious danger.

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