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6 July 2012
a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours
With forecasts today for a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours across many parts of the UK, the AA is reminding motorists to take extra care when driving in heavy rain and homeowners to take precautions against flooding, where possible.
In recent weeks, the AA has been called out to hundreds of motorists who have driven through or become stuck in flood water and has already deployed its water rescue Land Rovers, AA Special Operations Response Team today to Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Worcestershire and Mid Wales. 23 jobs have already been received today for cars driven through water.
“With more torrential downpours expected across the UK today, localised or flash flooding could catch people out. Even if you know the local area well, lots of water on the roads can change their appearance and mask hidden hazards,“ explains Darron Burness, the AA’s Head of Special Operations.
“It’s often impossible to gauge the depth of flood water, so don’t even chance it. Not only do you risk wrecking your engine but there may be dislodged manhole covers and other debris.
“It only takes six inches of fast flowing water to knock you off your feet and one foot of water to float a car.
Flooding can cause considerable damage to properties affected and while a homeowner is unable to prevent it, the impact can be reduced by taking some important precautions.
(6 July 2012)