FLOODING: Cars' water warning

Herald Series: FLOODING: Cars' water warning FLOODING: Cars' water warning

Drivers are being warned not to drive through water after firefighters attended incidents involving motorists yesterday.

Peter Cleary, Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service’s area manager for safety, said: “Many cars will start to float in as little as 30cm of water and 60cm of free flowing water can sweep away most vehicles, including large 4x4s, so it’s essential drivers avoid flood water, as they could get into difficulty easily.”

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9:19am Tue 11 Feb 14

snert says...

That's all well and good but sometimes you can't actually tell how deep the water is, short of going in with a stick and measuring it.

And before I get jumped on, I would just like to say if I saw a long stretch of water in the road and I wasn't sure, I would do a u-turn and find another route.

My route home from work takes me along some horrendous routes which can potentially be avoided by using back roads and country lanes. What I've found is that many of these are blocked and you only find they're blocked when you get to the site of the blockage and there is a sign saying "Flood" rather than having signs miles further up the road where they would be helpful.

Then you get the spurious "Diversion" signs, so you follow the diversion only to find at some point the slackers that put the signs out gave up and went home instead of finishing the job and showing signposting the entire diversion.

Some heavy rains and once again Britain grinds to a halt. Typical of this country where everything is done on the cheap, corners and cut and many of those tasked with a job do a bad job because they simply don't care.
That's all well and good but sometimes you can't actually tell how deep the water is, short of going in with a stick and measuring it. And before I get jumped on, I would just like to say if I saw a long stretch of water in the road and I wasn't sure, I would do a u-turn and find another route. My route home from work takes me along some horrendous routes which can potentially be avoided by using back roads and country lanes. What I've found is that many of these are blocked and you only find they're blocked when you get to the site of the blockage and there is a sign saying "Flood" rather than having signs miles further up the road where they would be helpful. Then you get the spurious "Diversion" signs, so you follow the diversion only to find at some point the slackers that put the signs out gave up and went home instead of finishing the job and showing signposting the entire diversion. Some heavy rains and once again Britain grinds to a halt. Typical of this country where everything is done on the cheap, corners and cut and many of those tasked with a job do a bad job because they simply don't care. snert
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