By Ross Logan , Reporter
Monday, June 11, 2012
RESIDENTS and motorists are being told to stay away from flooded areas in Welwyn Hatfield, as heavy rainfall continues to take its toll.
The persistent wet weather has led to 33 flood warnings being issued across the country, with London and the south east the worst effected.
But Hertfordshire has not escaped the floods.
Lower Hatfield Road is currently closed between Essendon Hill and Robins Nest Hill, after the River Lea broke its banks and flooded the road.
Earlier today, firefighters from WGC rescued a van driver, after his vehicle was caught in floodwater in Bradmore Lane, Brookmans Park.
The fire service has also reported that Station Road in Welham Green is currently impassable, and urging people to avoid the area.
A statement on the Environment Agency’s website reads: “People are urged to remain vigilant and check the Environment Agency’s website and Twitter feed for the latest situation.
“The public is strongly advised to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater.”
Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has also issued a warning to drivers.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “A suddenly very wet road surface increases the chances of slipping when braking or steering, which is a problem not just for motorists, but cyclists and motorcyclists too.
“When driving in wet conditions remember that stopping distances will increase, and visibility will be reduced.
“Drop your speed and give yourself more time to slow down.”
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