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Police urge motorists not to drive through floods

The Gloucester to Ledbury road has been closed after the River Severn burst its banks. Photo: ITV West

Gloucestershire Police have expressed their disappointment at drivers putting themselves and others at risk by ignoring road closures.

Several roads across the county are currently closed due to flooding, but the force says a number of drivers are ignoring the warnings.

We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of adhering to these road closures.

We understand it’s frustrating when your journey is delayed by having to find an alternative route but the closures are in place for good reason.

Under no circumstances should you drive through flood water – you do not know how deep it is, or what is under it.

This also applies to larger vehicles, such as 4 x 4s. Whilst your vehicle might get through the water it causes a bow wave, which in turn can lead to flooding in nearby properties.

– Jason Keates, Inspector for Roads Policing

Gloucestershire Police have issued the following advice for drivers:

  • Listen to local radio bulletins for road closures before setting off
  • Leave extra time for a journey if it is necessary
  • Make sure you're prepared if you get caught in a traffic jam - with enough fuel, your mobile phone battery fully charged, and food and drink
  • Be wary of high winds and the extra risks they may bring
  • Take extra care if driving through standing water alongside pedestrians or cyclists

The weather is set to improve though it is likely that the water will remain on roads for a few more days. As a result they will remain closed until it is safe for them to be re-opened.

New road closures

The A417 at Maisemore has now been closed and this could cause traffic disruption in the area, especially on the A40 at Highnam.

Disruption is also likely to continue on the main routes in and out of Tewkesbury, especially on the Bredon Road, the Ashchurch Road near to the A38 junction and Church Street.

Drivers are also advised that the road between Drybrook and Ross at Hawthorns remains closed due to a landslip.