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Motorists are risking their lives by ignoring flood signs, Somerset fire crews warn

By mmanning  |  Posted: December 24, 2013

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Motorists are being urged not to ignore flood warning signs in Somerset.

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DRIVERS are being urged to heed flood warning sign following a night that saw crews from Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service responded to 250 weather-related emergency.

Many of the calls were from drivers who became stranded in floods as wind and rain lashed the county last night.

Area manager Phil Martin said: "Your car can float in as little as 30cm of water and it takes much less than that to knock someone off their feet.

"People must ask themselves, is it worth gambling with your car and maybe even your life to take the shortest route home rather than take a detour on a safer journey.

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"Floodwater can cause significant and expensive damage to your car but it can also cost the lives of you and the people with you."

Motorists should also be aware of the possibility of tree branches and other debris on the roads due to high winds this morning.

Attending incidents which could be prevented may also divert fire crews from other incidents where lives are at risk.

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