9:20am Saturday 22nd December 2012
ALTHOUGH today is set to be drier than yesterday, there is more rain predicted over the weekend and there are still road closures and flooding around the county.
The emergency services were called to a number of flood-related incidents over night, with reports of people trapped in shallow water in Staunton-on-Wye and Tillington, and also flooding in Lea and Madley.
Road closures (7.30am, December 22)
The council is warning residents that flooding could occur on roads with rainfall running off already saturated ground and there are reports of a road flooded at Crossways in Peterchurch and standing water on the B4214 between Bromyard and Tenbury Wells and the A438 at The Weir Gardens.
In a statement on its website, it says the Environment Agency is monitoring river response closely.
In the event of flooding Herefordshire Council has made arrangements with some parish councils to hold stocks of sandbags for local use in areas where there is a known risk of flooding.
In rural areas, residents’ first point of contact for assistance with sandbags should be their local parish council. This service is provided free of charge - for details of whether your local parish council has requested sandbags visit the sandbags page.
Alternatively, Herefordshire Council holds a limited stock of filled sandbags for the public to collect at times of emergency from the following depots:
For any enquiries regarding flooding, please call the council's switchboard on 01432 260000.
Fire Service warning
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to stay alert.
Station Commander Alan Haley said: “It’s a good idea to have a list of useful phone numbers ready in case of flooding and to keep it somewhere safe.
"If your home does begin to flood, turn off your electricity supply, and do not touch any sources of electricity such as switches or appliances when you are standing in flood water.
He also urged motorists to be vigilant, as 'driving through flood water can be extremely dangerous because it is impossible to see how deep the water is or whether there are hazards under the water which could damage your car and leave you stranded'.
For up-to-date flood watch information, please call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visit our traffic and travel page.
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