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Floodwater warnings for drivers

Crews from Dorset Fire & Rescue helping people stranded in their cars yesterday Photo: Dorset Fire & Rescue Service

Motorists are being warned not to even try and drive through floodwaters after 24 hours of heavy rain and gales in the West Country.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service say they were called to 250 weather-related incidents last night, including flooding of properties and rescues of motorists from floodwater.

Fire and rescue teams: "They should not attempt to drive through it but should try to find an alternative route. Credit: PA

Dorset Fire & Rescue Service say their fire crews in the Sturminster Newton, Blandford, Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Wimborne areas have rescued approximately 25 people from cars in floodwater.

Standing water can appear deceptively safe according to fire and rescue teams Credit: PA

Cornwall Fire and Rescue service say they've been inundated with calls about flooding and weather related incidents.

Flooding has been reported from Helston in the west right up to Launceston in the east.

There are concerns about St Johns Bridge in Helston amid fears it may burst its banks.

Flooded road near Pennyquick at Newton St Loe in Cornwall Credit: Lauren Tucker Photography

It is impossible for motorists to tell how deep water is or the condition of the ground beneath.

There is a significant risk to life if motorists become stranded.

If they do see floodwater on the road, they should not attempt to drive through it but should try to find an alternative route.

And if a road has been closed, it is for the safety of the public and closure signs should be respected.

– Phil Martin, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

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