BREAKING NEWS: Floods cause chaos in Cheddar

FLOODS of calls for fire and rescue assistance are being made by residents in Cheddar. The Somerset control room for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority has been inundated with calls relating to flooding due to heavy rainfall.

FLOODS of calls for fire and rescue assistance are being made by residents in Cheddar.

The Somerset control room for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority has been inundated with calls relating to flooding due to heavy rainfall.

The extreme weather conditions have caused drivers to become stuck in deep puddles and the service has warned people to avoid driving through them as they will not rescue vehicles stuck in the water.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "We have asked the public to think before dialling 999. If a property is flooded due to a river breaking its banks, residents should think carefully before calling as there is nowhere for us to pump the water.


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"Of course if there is life at risk with someone trapped in a hazardous situation then do not hesitate to call and we will of course make an immediate attendance."

The service has also issued a series of guidelines:

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* Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded.

* Do not attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains, damaged road surfaces, submerged debris or deep channels. These can cause serious injuries or even death.

* Children should not be allowed to play in flood water, which can become contaminated with sewerage and chemicals.

* Do not smoke, eat or drink while in contact with floodwater and always wash your hands afterwards.

* Keep an eye on weather reports on local television or radio news channels. Do not travel in heavy rain storms unless absolutely necessary.

* Look after neighbours. People have been known to suffer from hypothermia after their homes have become flooded with cold rainwater even in the summer time.

* Remember that during a storm the emergency services will be very busy, only call for immediate assistance if there is a risk to life or serious property or environmental damage.

* Following a flood in your home, make sure all electrical circuits are fully dried out and checked by an electrical engineer before switching them back on.

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