Cotswold and Wiltshire battered by gales
9:59am Monday 30th April 2012 in News
POLICE are warning people to take extra care after wind and rain battered the Cotswolds and North Wiltshire.
Officers have received more than 60 reports of trees down and localised flooding due to the high winds and heavy rain.
A large tree came down on the A417 near Cirencester partially blocking the road, and another was blown down in Ampney Crucis.
Inspector Arman Mathieson in the force control room said: “It’s great to hear of how local rural communities are working together to clear the roads and look out for more vulnerable residents.
“The weather forecast is not looking good, with more high winds and heavy rain on the way and we are asking everyone to take extra care especially during the rush hour.
“Officers are working tirelessly with partner agencies to ensure all major routes in the county are kept clear but the severity of the weather means this is not always possible.
“To remain safe we would urge people only to make essential journeys. We will keep updating the local media with any significant incidents on key routes so if you do have to travel please check before you go.”
Police have the following advice if the bad weather continues.
* Allow plenty of time for your journey.
* Check your route before you set off.
* Keep your speed down.
* Allow extra distance between you and the car in front, it is always more difficult to stop quickly in wet conditions.
* Watch out for any debris on the roads.
* Keep tuned in to local radio for traffic and weather updates.
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