Streetlights across the county to stay on as Essex Police release flooding advice

Police release flooding advice

Police release flooding advice

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POLICE have released advice on how to deal with potential flooding this weekend.

A multi-agency meeting has been held to ensure all contingencies are in place to deal with any flooding which may occur as a result of further rainfall expected this evening (Friday, February 7).

Tom Defty, at the Essex Weather Centre, today warned of heavy rainfall this evening which will continue over the weekend. 

Drivers are again urged to take care when using any sections of road which may have been affected by the floods and not to drive through the water.

As a precaution all street lights will remain on throughout the nights of both this evening, Friday and Saturday, February 8.

The most severely affected areas are in the north of the county, particularly in the Uttlesford district.

People are urged to heed the following:

Know the risks

Many cars will start to float in as little as 12 inches of water. This can be extremely dangerous; as the wheels lose grip, and you will lose control - with the obvious risks and consequences.

The engine air intake on many cars is low down at the front of the car; just an egg cupful of water ingested into the combustion chamber is sufficient to destroy an engine. Water does not compress, resulting in bent or broken con rods or split engine block. Driving too fast, even in relatively shallow water can cause water to be ingested.

Even appropriate fording can cause costly damage. The catalytic converter, (part of the exhaust system) which works at extremely high temperatures, can crack upon contact with cold water, requiring costly replacement.

Avoiding costly damage

Only drive through flood water if you know it's not too deep. This will be no deeper than the lowest part of the vehicle's bodywork, (usually the bottom of the spoiler (front panel) or sill panel, (below the doors).

Do not attempt to drive through fast-moving water, such as at a flooded bridge approach - your car could easily be swept away, even at modest depths.

With standing water, physically test the depth of the water with a pole (wade in, if necessary, but only where it is safe to do so), or observe the depth against other vehicles that cross successfully. (Just because they are successful does not mean it is appropriate to follow, see above).n If in doubt, don't.

If you have to drive through water, select a low gear so the engine revs are higher, slipping the clutch if necessary or, for automatic vehicle, select the lowest ratio and balance the throttle and brakes.

Before entering, consider other drivers - pass through flooded sections one car at a time, don't drive through water against approaching fording vehicles.

Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a large bow wave.

Test your brakes as soon as you leave the water.

If you get stuck

If the worst happens and you break down: firstly, ensure the safety of all involved, including other road users. Do not repeatedly try to start the engine, (this may cause further damage). Call for recovery and wait in a safe place.

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4:59pm Fri 7 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

"Stay on High ground"
"Stay on High ground" You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -1

5:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.
What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone. John T Pharro
  • Score: 2

5:08pm Fri 7 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

John T Pharro wrote:
What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.
Photo now pulled I see for this one.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.[/p][/quote]Photo now pulled I see for this one. John T Pharro
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Fri 7 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

John T Pharro wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.
Photo now pulled I see for this one.
Wake up
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.[/p][/quote]Photo now pulled I see for this one.[/p][/quote]Wake up You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -9

5:37pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Steer well clear of Buttsbury Wash.
Steer well clear of Buttsbury Wash. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

6:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Nebs says...

John T Pharro wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.
Photo now pulled I see for this one.
Maybe he just sunk without trace.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.[/p][/quote]Photo now pulled I see for this one.[/p][/quote]Maybe he just sunk without trace. Nebs
  • Score: 6

6:21pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

John T Pharro wrote:
What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.
The picture if of Buttsbury Wash.

They must have changed it.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.[/p][/quote]The picture if of Buttsbury Wash. They must have changed it. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

6:21pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

*is
*is Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

6:45pm Fri 7 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.
The picture if of Buttsbury Wash.

They must have changed it.
Get a merit mark..
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.[/p][/quote]The picture if of Buttsbury Wash. They must have changed it.[/p][/quote]Get a merit mark.. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -6

7:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Touch79 says...

Nice to see ECC finally acknowledging that safety is compromised when the lights are turned off.
Nice to see ECC finally acknowledging that safety is compromised when the lights are turned off. Touch79
  • Score: 17

7:15pm Fri 7 Feb 14

andyh says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Steer well clear of Buttsbury Wash.
and Watery Lane (any of them - there is a reason why they are so named)
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Steer well clear of Buttsbury Wash.[/p][/quote]and Watery Lane (any of them - there is a reason why they are so named) andyh
  • Score: 6

7:19pm Fri 7 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.
Photo now pulled I see for this one.
Wake up
Go back to sleep especially if you saw the original picture did you?
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.[/p][/quote]Photo now pulled I see for this one.[/p][/quote]Wake up[/p][/quote]Go back to sleep especially if you saw the original picture did you? John T Pharro
  • Score: 1

8:25pm Fri 7 Feb 14

InTheKnowOk says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.
The picture if of Buttsbury Wash.

They must have changed it.
Because of your vile mouthed comments, another group of people now seek you, Oh dear, best to contact SB, make sure you get a crime number, for any claims, meanwhile hope you f#ck off out of Rayleigh, you've crossed the preverbial line in regards to your your racial hatred, and are now wanted..
You need to get a grip !!
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.[/p][/quote]The picture if of Buttsbury Wash. They must have changed it.[/p][/quote]Because of your vile mouthed comments, another group of people now seek you, Oh dear, best to contact SB, make sure you get a crime number, for any claims, meanwhile hope you f#ck off out of Rayleigh, you've crossed the preverbial line in regards to your your racial hatred, and are now wanted..[/p][/quote]You need to get a grip !! InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 12

8:58pm Fri 7 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

Nebs wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.
Photo now pulled I see for this one.
Maybe he just sunk without trace.
Agreed Nebs, just a jocular comment on your part but just follow the other comments following a simple comment about a photo.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: What a ridulous picture to publish. Under advice for care in event of a flood the"Echo" publishes a picture of an idiot driving through flood water at a stupid speed without a care for anyone.[/p][/quote]Photo now pulled I see for this one.[/p][/quote]Maybe he just sunk without trace.[/p][/quote]Agreed Nebs, just a jocular comment on your part but just follow the other comments following a simple comment about a photo. John T Pharro
  • Score: 1

9:01pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Mattster says...

Touch79 wrote:
Nice to see ECC finally acknowledging that safety is compromised when the lights are turned off.
Well that's the rub isn't it, If it has no effect on safety then why keep them on tonight? You rather get the feeling that rather than saving money this scheme will end up being £6 Million pi$$ed up the wall.
[quote][p][bold]Touch79[/bold] wrote: Nice to see ECC finally acknowledging that safety is compromised when the lights are turned off.[/p][/quote]Well that's the rub isn't it, If it has no effect on safety then why keep them on tonight? You rather get the feeling that rather than saving money this scheme will end up being £6 Million pi$$ed up the wall. Mattster
  • Score: 6

9:31am Sat 8 Feb 14

bazza 1 says...

Touch79 wrote:
Nice to see ECC finally acknowledging that safety is compromised when the lights are turned off.
ECC are not fit for purpose. They are taking us back to Victorian times. Even the Victorians knew street lights were a boon to safety. These idiots need removing form their jobs asap.
[quote][p][bold]Touch79[/bold] wrote: Nice to see ECC finally acknowledging that safety is compromised when the lights are turned off.[/p][/quote]ECC are not fit for purpose. They are taking us back to Victorian times. Even the Victorians knew street lights were a boon to safety. These idiots need removing form their jobs asap. bazza 1
  • Score: 14

9:57am Mon 10 Feb 14

robb789 says...

"Many cars will start to float in as little as 12 inches of water. This can be extremely dangerous; as the wheels lose grip, and you will lose control - with the obvious risks and consequences."

There was me pondering why you would lose grip when your car begins to float...... Maybe Goodyear can investigate adding rudders to car tyres to enable drivers to retain grip in flood situations.
"Many cars will start to float in as little as 12 inches of water. This can be extremely dangerous; as the wheels lose grip, and you will lose control - with the obvious risks and consequences." There was me pondering why you would lose grip when your car begins to float...... Maybe Goodyear can investigate adding rudders to car tyres to enable drivers to retain grip in flood situations. robb789
  • Score: 2

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