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Flooding: AA calls on drivers to slow down on flooded roads

12:20 07 February 2014

Flood waters covered the road near Helmingham Hall

Flood waters covered the road near Helmingham Hall

Concerned AA bosses have called for motorists to slow down as dozens of roads in Suffolk and Essex are difficult or impassable to get through.

The AA called its workload “exceptional” as its road teams work across several counties including Suffolk and Essex.

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s flood rescue team, said: “This morning was exceptional – probably the most intense burst of flood call-outs we’ve had across such a relatively small area.

“Our concern is that with this endless wet weather becoming ‘the norm’, some drivers are becoming complacent and not driving appropriately to the conditions.

“Our patrols regularly report seeing people driving far too fast and too close. On wet roads, stopping distances increase significantly so tailgating someone at speed in these conditions is madness.

“Many of the people we’ve rescued have simply gone too fast and ploughed into flood water before they’ve even had a chance to react. Flood water will collect at the lowest point and this could be just round the next corner.”

The AA has dealt with more than 210 call-outs today alone.

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