During the current severe weather West Mercia Police are working closely with the emergency services and County and District Councils to keep people safe.
In an emergency – if there is danger to life or risk of injury – call 999. If it is not an emergency, call 101.
To view our news about flooding in West Mercia please visit our "Latest Flooding News" section below.
Weather and Rainfall Updates
Communities in the affected areas are urged to keep up to date with the latest flood forecasts and warnings as the bad weather continues.
The Environment Agency continues to monitor rainfall impacts on already flooded areas and the latest information can be found on their website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk or by phoning their 24/7 public helpline (0345 9881188).
Transport & Travel
The road situation changes rapidly and drivers are urged to drive with caution; listen to the local radio stations and keep checking the councils’ road closure pages.
Advice for Road Users
- 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 advised to take extra care and avoid travelling through flooded areas, keeping 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.
Please see the following web pages for the latest information about school closures. We also advise checking individual school websites (where a school has one) and listening to your local radio station.
General Flood Safety Advice:
- If you live in a location affected by flooding and you do not need to travel from your home, you are advised to Go In, Stay In, Tune In.
- Go indoors unless there is an obvious risk to the property.
- Stay indoors until you know more about the situation and the appropriate action you need to take to protect yourself further.
- Tune in to a local radio station for updates about the emergency or log onto websites or social media channels.
- Do not put yourself or others in danger.
- Be aware of any elderly or vulnerable neighbours who may need your help.
- If advised to do so, be prepared to evacuate and follow instructions given.
Check the Royal Life Saving Society's website for further "Water Safety in a Flood" advice
If your property is at risk of flooding prepare a flood kit and include the following:
- Pack a small bag with essential belongings and include warm clothes, torch (check batteries), radio (wind up or battery powered), food, water, other drink, mobile phone (pre input useful numbers and don't forget your phone charger), any medicines that you might need to take, any important documents that you have and a first aid kit.
- Keep this bag easily accessible. Collect personal belongings, including insurance and bank details, and essential telephone numbers together, and keep them in a waterproof bag.
- Move people, pets, valuables and sentimental items upstairs or in a high place downstairs.
- Keep a separate list of useful telephone numbers to hand (this should include your local council, your insurance company and Floodline – 0845 988 188).
- Find out where and how to turn off your Gas and Electricity. Ensure that you switch it off if flooding is imminent before evacuating.
- If possible, move electrical equipment and furniture upstairs. Any furniture that you cannot move upstairs, try to raise well off the floor.
- Alert neighbours and assist the elderly, infirm and those with small children.
- Block doorways and air bricks
- Avoid walking and driving through floodwater, there could be hidden hazards. Keep up to date with local radio for further information and announcements and via Floodline 0845 988 1188.
If your property is flooded:
- Continue to listen for situation updates on your local radio or via Floodline 0845 988 1188
- Keep dry, out of floodwater if possible.
- Stay in your property, if safe to do so, until advised otherwise by the emergency services or floodwater has receded.
- Do not walk or drive through flowing floodwater. If it is necessary to walk through shallow floodwater, take care for hidden holes, obstacles or other hazards. Do not walk on river banks, sea defences or cross bridges over fast flowing rivers. Avoid contact with floodwater and wash exposed skin before handling food or attending to wounds.
- If possible move electrical equipment and furniture upstairs.
If an evacuation becomes necessary:
- Stay calm and do not panic. Police officers and / or other officials will try to visit all properties at risk to advise on the requirement to evacuate.
- If road conditions permit, move vehicles to unaffected areas and ask friends / family if you can share their parking facilities. You will hear about your evacuation point for transport and the location of the reception centre either verbally or by a leaflet.
- Try to check that any elderly / vulnerable family members or neighbours know about the evacuation. Try to inform family members / friends as to where you are evacuating.
- Listen to the advice of the authorities and follow any instructions to leave a property.
Flooding: School Half Term Advice
As local schools break up for the half-term holidays, West Mercia Police are reminding people to act responsibly and not put themselves at risk by behaving recklessly during the ongoing extreme weather conditions.
With water levels still high police are concerned that people – including children - may leave themselves exposed to danger by playing close to, or even in flood water that is currently standing in many places.
Even in normal circumstances police warn people against playing in rivers, lakes and ponds but with conditions as extreme as they are at the present time, these warnings are even more pertinent.
The public are asked to:
- Behave responsibly around flood water as you simply never know what lies underneath the water itself or what currents are at work under the surface of it.
- With young people now breaking up for the half term holidays we'd urge them not to do anything reckless in an attempt to impress their friends, or get too close to flood water through being interested in what is happening.
- Remember that no matter how harmless or shallow flood water looks, you can never be sure what lies beneath the surface of the water and therefore by the time you realise you are in danger it could be too late
- Please remember that the emergency services are working extremely hard to help those people who have become vulnerable due to the extreme weather conditions and that resources are stretched right across the country.
To find out more about keeping yourself safe you could also visit the Flood Safety page on the Royal Life Saving Society’s website at www.rlss.org.uk/index.php/water-safety/water-safety-in-a-flood.
Cleaning Up After Flooding
If you have been flooded and are beginning the clean up process, please follow the advice below to ensure your safety:
You can find more advice and information at the Public Health England website.
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