Flood alert: GEM urges drivers to postpone journeys if possible

Posted on January 15th, 2015 by GEM Motoring Assist

Breakdown cover specialist GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to take care during the current period of wet weather. There are currently 30 flood warnings and 140 flood alerts across England and Wales1, meaning disruption is occurring or likely to occur on many roads, especially in the South-East, the South-West and in many parts of Wales.

GEM chief executive David Williams MBE commented: “The ground is saturated, while many rivers and waterways are already full to the brim. With rain, sleet and snow expected to continue across the country in coming days, we want to warn drivers to be ready for further disruption to their journeys, and to check their routes before setting out.

“Expect the unexpected during these conditions. Floods will occur not only because rivers burst their banks, but because surface water is unable to drain away from roads or because water runs off fields and ditches overflow onto roads. So take it easy, and put safety first.”

GEM recently produced a short video with simple advice for drivers on staying safe on wet and flooded roads. The main message from the video is for drivers to postpone journeys and not to go attempt to drive through floods. But for those who get caught, there are tips on maximum depths of water to drive through, paying heed to flood warnings and road blocks, how to reduce the risk of stalling and what to do if you do stall in a flood.

ENDS

Notes for editors
1 Flood warnings, which are updated every 15 minutes, can be checked at the Environment Agency (www.environment-agency.gov.uk)