Residents in Enderby and elsewhere in Blaby District are encouraged to make sure they’re flood-ready, following a Met Office forecast for heavy rain this week.
The amber warning says heavy rain is forecast until lunchtime on Thursday, and may lead to flooding and disruption to travel in places.
Councils, emergency services and other agencies across the area are advising people to sign up for flood alerts, prepare their homes if they live in flood areas and check before they travel.
Local councils will have crews available during the day and night to keep the roads moving and deal with any incidents of localised flooding, if required.
Matt Cane, Area Manager Operational Response at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We strongly advise members of the public to never attempt to drive through flood water. If you cannot see the road surface beneath the water, it is too deep to drive through.
“Just six inches of water can cause you to lose control of your car, or stall it when water is sucked into the engine and exhaust. Two feet of flowing water can sweep away most vehicles, including large 4x4s.
“If you come across a flooded road, find an alternative route and ensure you pay attention to any ‘Road Closed’ signs. If there is a risk to life or you are physically trapped by flood water, call us on 999 – we are still here to help.”
Residents can prepare by
- Signing up to receive warnings
- Putting important documents out of flood risk
- Checking your insurance covers you for flooding
- Making a flood plan and prepare a flood kit
- Finding out where you can get sandbags
- Identifying who can help you/who you can help
- Identifying what you would need to take with you if you had to leave your home