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Motorists Reminded To Take Care On The Roads


Alert issued on 27th December 2012

Motorists reminded to take care on the roads

Worcestershire County Council is continuing to advise motorists out and about to take care on the roads.

Following significant rainfall and showers over the festive period there is still substantial surface water on roads, considerable localised flooding and some road closures are still in place.

As road temperatures are expected to drop to some degree over the next couple of days, the County Council's gritting teams are on standby to grit roads if necessary.

Given that the ground is already saturated in many areas, residents and businesses should be aware of the risk of surface water and flooding with further unsettled weather expected.

County Council staff have been busy out and about across Worcestershire to respond to highway issues, such as clearing drains and gullies, and working with the Environment Agency co-ordinating road closures where necessary.

The authority has echoed the flooding and driving advice to motorists issued by the West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership, which has advised drivers to take extra care when out on the roads.

  • Before making a journey for up-to-date weather information please visit the Met Office website.
  • For the latest information regarding flooding advice please visit the Environment Agency website.
  • For the latest road closures and bus service updates across the county visit the alerts on the County Council homepage: www.worcestershire.gov.uk. Those with an iPhone can access the alerts via the app (available from the App Store).

Jon Fraser, Worcestershire County Council's Highways Customer and Community Manager, said: "Considerable heavy rainfall across Worcestershire has caused numerous localised flooding issues, particularly as the ground is already saturated in many areas. Motorists should take care and temper their driving according to the conditions. We urge motorists not to attempt to drive through flood water and to always obey 'road closed' signs."

If anyone spots a problem on the roads, they can get in touch with the County Council via www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Worcestershire Hub on 0845 607 2005.

Flooding advice for residents and businesses is available at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/flooding.

Gritting advice is available at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/gritting. The dedicated section allows visitors to use interactive maps to follow the designated routes, pinpoint their nearest grit bin and report any problems via the web.

Information will also be tweeted from the County Council's Twitter account www.twitter.com/worcscc (@worcscc).

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