Warning To Motorists Following Flash Flooding
Police are warning motorists to take care on the roads following incidents of flash flooding across the area caused by today's heavy downpours.
With the rain falling on already saturated ground, there remains a risk of flooding from rivers and surface water flooding where rain overwhelms drainage systems.
Particular problems have been experienced in parts of Shropshire and the Tenbury Wells area of Worcestershire.
Currently sections of the A443 and A456 are closed near to Newnham Bridge due to floodwater. A number of motorists have had to be rescued from their vehicles by the fire and rescue services after entering floodwater.
Police are advising all motorists to consider if their journey is essential and, if it must be made, to take extra care in adverse weather conditions. In particular, they should not enter stretches of floodwater, nor ignore road closed signs. 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.
Visibility can also be seriously reduced in heavy rain so headlights MUST be used, together with allowing a bigger gap between you and the car in front to allow for the increased stopping distance. Allow extra time to complete your journey.
Motorists are advised to listen to local radio traffic announcements for updates on any further road closures and visit the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk prior to travelling.
Further details about safe driving in adverse conditions can be found at the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia's website, www.srpwestmercia.org.uk