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Wet weekend for rain-soaked UK

Britain is bracing itself for more flooding this weekend as forecasters predict further heavy downpours. The Environment Agency says nearly 300 properties have already flooded across the UK since Tuesday.

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AA: No reduction in flood-related call-outs

The AA has said there has been no sign of a reduction in the number of flood-related call-outs, and urged members of the public to think twice before taking on saturated roads.

With more heavy rain forecast across the Midlands, Wales and the South West, road conditions in the affected areas are likely to only get worse as the ground is so saturated.

Even if you think you know your local roads, don't be complacent, as flash-flooding continues to be a real risk and is catching people out.

The best advice is to stay out of flood water. It can mask a range of hazards like raised drain covers and open manholes and it's often impossible to gauge how deep it is.

We've seen hundreds of drivers get stuck this week and, as we tragically saw yesterday, as well as potentially endangering your life, if your car gets stuck, it's usually written off. Just a tiny amount of water entering the air intake can wreck an engine and it can play havoc with a vehicle's electrics.

– Darron Burness, the AA's head of special operations

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