Emergency response team on standby for flooding

PUBLISHED: 09:21 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 26 October 2009

THE weather forecast is wet, wet, wet - but a team of specialists are on hand in case roads flood. The emergency response team at Hertfordshire Highways is on standby, although hope drivers will heed warnings to take care and be on constant watch for floo

THE weather forecast is wet, wet, wet - but a team of specialists are on hand in case roads flood.

The emergency response team at Hertfordshire Highways is on standby, although hope drivers will heed warnings to take care and be on constant watch for flooding.

County councillor Stuart Pile, executive member for transportation and environment, said: "The emergency services advise motorists not to even attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords.

"The water is often much deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. This means vehicles - even 4x4s - may be swept away or become stranded."

Last Friday, two motorists in the east of the county had to call on Herts Fire and Rescue Service when their vehicles became trapped in flooded fords.

Cllr Pile added: "If there is further flooding, we've got extra staff ready to deal with the aftermath of extremely heavy rainfall.

"We aim to keep all routes open but I would remind people to look out for waterlogged roads and drive with extra care."

Motorists are advised to check the forecast before setting out on their journey.

If roads do become flooded, drive with extra care, test your brakes after driving through deep water, allow extra space between vehicles and allow extra time for journeys.

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