Thaw could bring flooding to Norfolk’s roads, police warn drivers

PUBLISHED: 11:14 03 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 03 March 2018

Snow drifts. 
Picture: Nick Butcher

Snow drifts. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Drivers have been warned that melting snow and ice will lead to the possibility of flooding and surface water on Norfolk’s roads.

Norfolk police are still advising people to limit their journeys and to drive with care as temperatures are expected to rise today following the recent freezing weather conditions.

The Met Office has said that temperatures will remain above freezing for most parts of Norfolk today, reaching highs of around three degrees celsius.

That will mean snow and ice will slowly start to thaw, resulting in surface water and the potential for localised flooding on many roads.

Although a thaw is forecast, temperatures overnight will still struggle to get above freezing point so the threat of ice on many roads remains.

Chief Inspector Sonia Humphreys, from Norfolk police’s contact and control room, said: “Although the roads seem to be clearer than in recent days, we are still asking members of the public to limit their travel and to try and share journeys with neighbours, friends and family to put less pressure on the road networks.

“We’ve had fresh snow fall overnight so the roads are still icy and some rural roads, particularly in South Norfolk, are treacherous or remain blocked. We will continue to work with partner agencies to prioritise these blocked routes.

“If you do need to travel, the advice to motorists remains the same - please drive to the road conditions. It’s not a case of how suitable your vehicle is or how good a driver you are; many of these incidents happen without warning and the only way to avoid them is by not being on the road in the first place.

“I also want to urge anyone who is thinking of going out tonight in our town and city centres to make sure you dress appropriately and you pre-plan your journey home with friends before you venture out.

“In addition, if you have planned to go to an event in the county today or tomorrow, please check with the organisers that it is still taking place before you travel.

“If you do get stuck and feel you are in danger, please call us on 101 or in an emergency 999.

“I would once again like to take this opportunity to thank those members of the public, particularly within the farming community, who have volunteered their time and equipment to help those in need over the last few days.”

Drivers who need to travel are advised to:

· Plan ahead – check your route on a planner to see the latest traffic updates

· Tell friends or family about your travel plans – inc route – and let them know when you’ve arrived

· Make sure you vehicle is clear of snow/ice, has sufficient fuel and screen wash

· Allow plenty of time for your journey

· Travel at a low speed avoiding sudden braking/steering moves

· Keep a sensible distance between you and the car in front

· Use headlights – do not rely solely on daytime running lights

· If visibility falls below 100m use your fog lights

· Take provisions (blanket, warm clothing, food/water)

· Charge your phone before setting off

· If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of the main traffic route, where it won’t cause an obstruction when conditions ease. Then call police on 101 – or email – and let them know you are safe and well, as well as providing the index, make and model of your vehicle, along with the location and your contact details. If you cannot do this, leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen. Please return to your car at the first opportunity you have.

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