Do not drive through floodwater, warns agency

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Rider Rebekah Read and her horse cope with floods at Langley Burrell, near Chippenham, today Rider Rebekah Read and her horse cope with floods at Langley Burrell, near Chippenham, today

The Environment Agency says high groundwater levels mean a continued risk of flooding in many parts of Wiltshire and other areas including Hampshire, West Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

Flood alerts and warnings for groundwater flooding are already in force and the forecast is for levels to continue to rise.

The A345 Salisbury Road is being described as just passable in Pewsey between the Swan Road junction and the Sharcott Drove junction because of flooding.

Floods at the A4361 in Broad Hinton at the Post Office Lane junction have now cleared but there is still flooding on the A4361 in Berwick Bassett at the turn for Berwick Bassett junction.

David Bedlington, flood risk manager, said: “Last night’s rainfall will have a significant impact on our rivers.

"With more to come over the weekend we are likely to see more flooding over the coming days.

“Our advice is to stay out of flood water and don’t try to drive through it – just 30cms can wash a car away. 

“Environment Agency teams continue to work around the clock to prepare for the rainfall by operating pumping stations, issuing flood warnings and checking that flood banks, walls, and barriers are all working effectively.

"We are ready to deploy pumps to affected areas and our staff remain out in communities affected by flooding.

“We will continue to monitor the situation very closely, but we want to remind people that we cannot prevent flooding and we urge communities to be aware of their risk and be ready to act.”

Communities are urged to sign up for free flood warnings and to take action if they receive one.

Advice and guidance about flooding is available on the Environment Agency website and from the floodline on 0845 988 1188.

Follow the Environment Agency on Twitter @EnvAgencySW and @EnvAgencySE

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6:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Room101 says...

Irresponsible, why ride a horse in that flood water when not knowing whats under foot, and people still driving through flood waters.
Irresponsible, why ride a horse in that flood water when not knowing whats under foot, and people still driving through flood waters. Room101
  • Score: 3

8:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Bexread says...

I dive and ride down this road everyday so I no what's around...I know the risks!
I dive and ride down this road everyday so I no what's around...I know the risks! Bexread
  • Score: -12

9:20am Sat 8 Feb 14

Room101 says...

Bexread wrote:
I dive and ride down this road everyday so I no what's around...I know the risks!
As seen on BBC, you don't know what the flood waters have dragged in while waters are moving. If something was to happen (god forbid) then it's up to someone else to help.
[quote][p][bold]Bexread[/bold] wrote: I dive and ride down this road everyday so I no what's around...I know the risks![/p][/quote]As seen on BBC, you don't know what the flood waters have dragged in while waters are moving. If something was to happen (god forbid) then it's up to someone else to help. Room101
  • Score: 6

6:53pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Fred and Wilma says...

Could have worn some Hi Viz at least!!! dull day with risk of rain overcast lets give the horses a chance and where HI VIZ - whatever the weather
Could have worn some Hi Viz at least!!! dull day with risk of rain overcast lets give the horses a chance and where HI VIZ - whatever the weather Fred and Wilma
  • Score: 6

7:04pm Sat 8 Feb 14

beetawix says...

i wouldnt expect such niceties as god forbidding something to happen.

what did you think about the police riding horses in the Somerset floods?
i wouldnt expect such niceties as god forbidding something to happen. what did you think about the police riding horses in the Somerset floods? beetawix
  • Score: -7

7:12pm Sat 8 Feb 14

beetawix says...

Fred and Wilma wrote:
Could have worn some Hi Viz at least!!! dull day with risk of rain overcast lets give the horses a chance and where HI VIZ - whatever the weather
looks quite bright to me,
do you put hi viz on your car in floods
[quote][p][bold]Fred and Wilma[/bold] wrote: Could have worn some Hi Viz at least!!! dull day with risk of rain overcast lets give the horses a chance and where HI VIZ - whatever the weather[/p][/quote]looks quite bright to me, do you put hi viz on your car in floods beetawix
  • Score: -2

7:28pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Fred and Wilma says...

beetawix wrote:
Fred and Wilma wrote:
Could have worn some Hi Viz at least!!! dull day with risk of rain overcast lets give the horses a chance and where HI VIZ - whatever the weather
looks quite bright to me,
do you put hi viz on your car in floods
No I put My lights on and I happen to put HI VIZ on My horses everytime I ride them out on the highway!! however looked like fun riding through the floods have not got to many Our way but Lacock always good ones to ride through
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fred and Wilma[/bold] wrote: Could have worn some Hi Viz at least!!! dull day with risk of rain overcast lets give the horses a chance and where HI VIZ - whatever the weather[/p][/quote]looks quite bright to me, do you put hi viz on your car in floods[/p][/quote]No I put My lights on and I happen to put HI VIZ on My horses everytime I ride them out on the highway!! however looked like fun riding through the floods have not got to many Our way but Lacock always good ones to ride through Fred and Wilma
  • Score: 4

9:43pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Room101 says...

beetawix wrote:
i wouldnt expect such niceties as god forbidding something to happen.

what did you think about the police riding horses in the Somerset floods?
VERY IRRESPONSIBLE
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: i wouldnt expect such niceties as god forbidding something to happen. what did you think about the police riding horses in the Somerset floods?[/p][/quote]VERY IRRESPONSIBLE Room101
  • Score: 5

10:14am Sun 9 Feb 14

beetawix says...

Room101 wrote:
beetawix wrote:
i wouldnt expect such niceties as god forbidding something to happen.

what did you think about the police riding horses in the Somerset floods?
VERY IRRESPONSIBLE
but not quite as irresponsible as the looters for whom they were on the look out.
[quote][p][bold]Room101[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: i wouldnt expect such niceties as god forbidding something to happen. what did you think about the police riding horses in the Somerset floods?[/p][/quote]VERY IRRESPONSIBLE[/p][/quote]but not quite as irresponsible as the looters for whom they were on the look out. beetawix
  • Score: -3

12:51pm Sun 9 Feb 14

kimcrawley says...

I think Rebekah has attracted some inappropriate criticism. Yes there is a flood and it is near Langley Burrell.
If you look at the photo you can see that it is in fact Maud Heath's causeway which was built hundreds of years ago to deal with these conditions. She is local, knows the road and understands the potential problems.
I think Rebekah has attracted some inappropriate criticism. Yes there is a flood and it is near Langley Burrell. If you look at the photo you can see that it is in fact Maud Heath's causeway which was built hundreds of years ago to deal with these conditions. She is local, knows the road and understands the potential problems. kimcrawley
  • Score: -4

6:15pm Sun 9 Feb 14

beetawix says...

unfortunately horse lovers are up against the expertise of those like room101 who are experts in their field as perceivee by themselves.
Theq best place for room101 is in it
unfortunately horse lovers are up against the expertise of those like room101 who are experts in their field as perceivee by themselves. Theq best place for room101 is in it beetawix
  • Score: -4

1:31pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Room101 says...

beetawix wrote:
unfortunately horse lovers are up against the expertise of those like room101 who are experts in their field as perceivee by themselves.
Theq best place for room101 is in it
I have not said i am an expert beetawix, only passed on what experts have said. Only looking out for other people, not trying to stir it up just to make a remark.
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: unfortunately horse lovers are up against the expertise of those like room101 who are experts in their field as perceivee by themselves. Theq best place for room101 is in it[/p][/quote]I have not said i am an expert beetawix, only passed on what experts have said. Only looking out for other people, not trying to stir it up just to make a remark. Room101
  • Score: 1

8:09am Wed 12 Feb 14

Phorever says...

I think it is up to the individual to assess the situation and judge for themselves if they are competent enough and if the environment is safe enough, for them to proceed with passage through the water.

I have driven through the floodwater there on many occasions with various vehicles, and on some occasions I have decided to turn back when it didn't feel safe for me to proceed at that time.
There is a video on youtube of me driving through it in November 2012..
I think it is up to the individual to assess the situation and judge for themselves if they are competent enough and if the environment is safe enough, for them to proceed with passage through the water. I have driven through the floodwater there on many occasions with various vehicles, and on some occasions I have decided to turn back when it didn't feel safe for me to proceed at that time. There is a video on youtube of me driving through it in November 2012.. Phorever
  • Score: 1

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