Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are experiencing a high amount of calls due to flooding incidents across the Service area.Since the rainfall began early this morning Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have attended 51 incidents due to flooding with 38 incidents still on-going.
In total we have received 311 calls for assistance since the first flooding incident which took place at 02:12. As well as 18 rescues from vehicles caught in floodwater, one involving two people who were attempting to rescue cattle. At the moment 12 live rescues from vehicles caught in flood water are taking place, we are also assisting the ambulance service with a person who is a diabetic and is caught in flood water. In total at this moment in time there are 110 live incidents happening throughout Devon and Somerset.
There are 42 pumping appliances are at present committed, with one appliance from Avon Fire & Rescue Service and three appliances from Dorset Fire & Rescue Service in assistance. Two Specialist Rescue teams are also committed to incidents.
People should bear in mind the following safety tips:
•do not attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded. Vehicles can float away in just two feet of water
•if your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately if safe to do so and seek higher ground.
•do not attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains, damaged road surfaces, submerged debris or deep channels; these can cause serious injuries or even death.
The Environment Agency has flood warning updates on their web site every 15 minutes, please visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood or ring their floodline 08459 881188 service.
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