GLOUCESTERSHIRE Police have expressed their disappointment at drivers putting themselves and others at risk by ignoring road closures.

Several roads across the county are currently closed due to flooding but a number of drivers are selfishly ignoring the warnings and driving through the water despite the potential dangers.

Inspector for roads policing Jason Keates said: “We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of adhering to these road closures.

“We understand it’s frustrating when your journey is delayed by having to find an alternative route but the closures are in place for good reason.

“Under no circumstances should you drive through flood water – you do not know how deep it is, or what is under it.

“This also applies to larger vehicles, such as 4 x 4s. Whilst your vehicle might get through the water it causes a bow wave, which in turn can lead to flooding in nearby properties.”

Drivers are also being given the following advice:

· Listen to local radio bulletins for road closures before setting off

· Leave extra time for a journey if it is necessary

· Make sure you’re prepared if you get caught in a traffic jam – with enough fuel, your mobile phone battery fully charged, and food and drink

· Be wary of high winds and the extra risks they may bring

· Take extra care if driving through standing water alongside pedestrians or cyclists.

While the weather is set to improve it is likely that the water will remain for a few more days, which will see roads closed until it is safe for them to be re-opened.

The A417 at Maisemore has now been closed and this could cause traffic disruption in the area, especially on the A40 at Highnam.

Disruption is also likely to continue on the main routes in and out of Tewkesbury, especially on the Bredon Road, the Ashchurch Road near to the A38 junction and Church Street.

Drivers are also advised that the road between Drybrook and Ross at Hawthorns remains closed due to a landslip.