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Flood Watch: What is happening around Swindon
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- Keeping you updated with flooded roads across the town
- Latest advice from the Environment Agency
- Emergency Services warn people to take extra care
Just been told via Facebook that the Purton to Lydiard Road (over Manor Hill) is flooded.
Bad weather releated - the Swindon town centre Christmas lights switch-on tomorrow has been cancelled due to the forecasted bad weather.
Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has received more than 60 calls to flooding throughout the county since 11am today.
As of 2pm, the service had ten fire crews and two special appliances dealing with incidents involving homes, businesses and stranded cars, as well as six officers conducting inspections to prioritise our attendance.
Several roads are badly affected by surface water flooding – in particular, the A361 between Semington and Trowbridge is closed and a number of cars have already become stranded. Road closures are there for a reason, and drivers are asked to observe them.
If you are driving through areas affected by flooding, please follow this advice:
• Don't drive through standing water - as well as the water damaging your car, there may be hazards under the water you can't see. If you see a sign to say that the road is closed due to flooding, remember the sign is there for a reason. Don't try to drive through or you might get stuck.
• If you are driving a larger vehicle, do not go through flood water at speed as this creates a ‘bow wave’ that can then cause flooding to adjacent properties.
• When driving, if heavy rain is making visibility difficult, pull over if possible.
• Remember that roads will be slippery during wet conditions.
If you know your home is at risk of flooding, prepare a list of useful phone numbers and keep it somewhere safe. Also:
• If your home does start to flood, turn off your electricity supply.
• For sewage leaks contact your water company.
• If you have an elderly or vulnerable family member or neighbour who is at risk of flooding, contact them to ensure they are prepared and know what to do should their home flood.
• If you think floodwater might enter your home, move valuables and other items upstairs to safety.
Area Manager Julian Parsons said: “Whilst we are very busy attending numerous incidents, we are still able to maintain an adequate level of fire cover and we ask that the public only contact us if life or property is in danger.
"If you do contact us, we may not automatically send a fire crew as we can only help in certain situations. There has to be a certain level of water before we can pump water away, and we have to be able to pump it somewhere without it having a detrimental effect elsewhere.”
For further advice, you can listen out for warnings on radio and TV, phone Floodline 0845 988 118 or visit the Environment Agency website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk
The Environment Agency has warned that further bands of heavy rain and strong winds could lead to further flooding over the next four days.
Heavy rain falling on already saturated ground could lead to river flooding, and strong winds could worsen surface water flooding, as wind-blown leaves and debris block water drainage.
It is possible that up to 60 mm could fall on top of the rain that has fallen over the last few days. But even smaller amounts of rain could increase the risk of flooding.
Kevin Ward, of the EA, said: "The current unsettled spell of weather is set to continue up to Sunday with further spells of heavy rain expected across the South West over the next four days.
"Strong winds combined with heavy rain is expected on Thursday through to Friday morning. We urge everyone to keep up to date with forecasts and warnings and be prepared for what the weather will bring.
"With ground already saturated, we urge people to be extra vigilant and make sure they take steps to protect themselves and homes from the risk of flooding.
"People need to be extra careful on the roads and avoid driving through flood water and stay away from swollen rivers. Updates are available on our website and people can sign up to our free flood warning system on the Environment Agency website."
The Agency has issued 54 flood warnings and 54 flood alerts today alone.
Heavy rain today saw surface water flooding on several roads throughout the county, which caused travel disruption. As the weather system crossed the area overnight rainfall totals of up to 50mm were recorded.
Environment Agency teams in the region have been mobilised to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.
These teams work around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding, and will be out in force over the coming days.
You can keep up to date with the latest flood warnings on the Environment Agency website, or sign up to free flood warnings which are sent automatically via text, phone or email at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/38289.aspx.
The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx, and you can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter at @EnvAgencySW
Met Office weather forecasts and warnings can be found at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ and you can follow the Met Office on Twitter at @metoffice and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/metoffice
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