Flooding in Marlow - urgent safety reminder

Sat 11 Jan, 2014

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is asking people in Marlow to stay away from flooded areas of the town.
A number of children have been seen playing in floodwater in Higginson Park, next to the flooded River Thames, this morning.

Station Manager Danny Whitelock, who is one of a number of firefighters and officers helping local people deal with the floods, is urging them to stop because of the hidden dangers.

Danny said: “You can't see where the ground stops and the river starts. Although it might look like fun, playing in this water or even attempting to walk through it can be extremely dangerous.

"For a start, there’s always a chance that it has become contaminated. In addition, there are hidden dangers, such as debris that can trip you up, and manhole covers that have lifted and moved, leaving an open drain underneath. Stepping into one of these could cause serious injury or worse.”

Danny has asked residents and motorists to be aware of the following safety advice:

  • 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.
  • Children should not be allowed to play in flood water, which can become contaminated with sewage and chemicals.
  • Do not smoke, eat or drink while in contact with floodwater, and always wash your hands afterwards.
  • Keep up to date with radio and TV weather reports.
  • Motorists should 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.
  • Look after neighbours. People have been known to suffer from hypothermia after their homes have become flooded with cold rainwater, even in the summertime.
  • Following a flood in your home, make sure all electrical circuits are fully dried out and checked by an electrical engineer before switching back on.