Flooding Across Swindon
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue give their tips for dealing with the local floods
Since 11am this morning (21 November), Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service has received over 60 calls to flooding incidents throughout the county.
Homes, businesses and cars affected by excess water have all been reported in north Swindon, Purton, Haydon Wick, Eldene, Transfer Bridges and near the Mannington roundabout.
It's tipping it down - so be careful!
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.
For further advice, please visit the Environment Agency website via the link below.