Due to an Amber weather warning for rain in place for parts of the county until 6am tomorrow (Friday, 1 June), Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is advising residents to follow the latest weather reports and be prepared in the event of flooding.
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.
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.
For the latest information on the weather warning, please click here.