Don’t drive through closed, flooded roads, council urges motorsists

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Emergency planning chiefs at Nottinghamshire County Council are asking drivers to abide by road closures caused by flooding.

The warning comes as the county braces itself for further torrential rain this evening (Sunday).

The council says there have been incidents in parts of the East Midlands of drivers moving traffic cones and road closed signs to drive through flood waters, becoming stuck and abandoning their vehciles.

Notts County Council’s Paul Mckay, Service Director and Chairman of the Risk Safety Emergency Management Board, said: “We are expecting further torrential rain over night (Sunday). I am asking drivers please do not attempt to drive through a road that is closed due to flooding, even if you are in a 4x4.

“And please do not move cones or signs, they are there for your safety. The council will re-open roads when it is safe to do so.

“The County Council’s focus at the moment is supporting those areas in most need, ensuring alternative accommodation is made available if required by anyone evauated from their home and ensuring vulnerable people who need care in their home continue to receive the servcies they need. We are also working closely with private sector care providers.”

Council officers will be working through the night with the Environment Agency, emergency services and district and borough councils to respond to the flooding. The County Council highways teams have been busy over the weekend closing flooded roads, dealing with drainage issues and deploying hudreds of sandbags in support of the district and borough councils.

It is possible that there will be some schools closed and services disrupted on Monday. For up to date information visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/disruption or follow the council on Twitter @Nottscc