Devon and Cornwall Fire and Rescue crews were called to 250 weather-related incidents last night (December 23 to 24), including flooding of properties and rescues of motorists from floodwater.

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The Service has repeated calls for motorists to heed warnings not to drive through floodwater, as it could put themselves and others at risk.

Area Manager Phil Martin said: “It is impossible for motorists to tell how deep water is or the condition of the ground beneath. There is a significant risk to life if motorists become stranded.

“If they do see floodwater on the road, they should not attempt to drive through it but should try to find an alternative route. And if a road has been closed, it is for the safety of the public and closure signs should be respected.”

Motorists should also be aware of the possibility of tree branches and other debris on the roads due to high winds this morning.

Attending incidents which could be prevented may also divert fire crews from other incidents where lives are at risk.

Fire crews from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will continue to attend incidents where lives are at risk during adverse weather conditions.For the latest up-to-date forecasts, go to www.metoffice.gov.uk

For flood warnings and advice on how to prepare for flooding, go to www.environment-agency.co.uk

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