Weather warning

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is urging residents to take extra care during the severe weather that is spreading across the county.

There are steps that residents can take during this period:

  • Do not drive through flood water – drivers are still taking enormous risks, with several vehicles having become completely submerged – drivers are endangering their lives.
  • Manholes may be dangerous – during the flooding it is difficult to see what is underneath the water but the rain can add pressure underneath the man holes.
  • Ensure good ventilation if using portable indoor heating appliances to dry out indoor spaces – do not use petrol or diesel generators or other similar fuel-driven equipment indoors: the exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide which can kill.
  • Do not turn on gas or electrics if they have got wet – only turn them on when they have been checked by a qualified technician.
  • Do not move or ignore road closures signs – they are there for your safety, so please do not ignore them.

Paul Jacques, Group Manager at RBFRS, said: “Overnight the crews have been working with their local communities, continually responding to incidents across Berkshire. Thames Valley Fire Control has received an enormous number of calls since 6pm last night for Berkshire alone. There were a total of 174 calls which resulting in 158 incidents, 47 of which were flood related.

“There were a large number of calls to flooding in residential properties in the West of the county. If residents are experiencing flooding, we are urging them to assess the situation before calling the emergency services. Our resources are being utilised extensively during this busy period to critical incidents. I would like to reassure people that we are still working very hard in the worst affected areas and we will continue to monitor and review our operations.”

For more information and advice about flooding, please click here. If available for your neighbourhood, sign up for free flood warning messages from the Environment Agency’s Floodline: 0345 988 1188.