Cars Motorists warned to check flood risks when camping this summer

21:53  21 july  2021
21:53  21 july  2021 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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The government is writing to all registered caravan and campsite owners to remind them they must check their flood risk – and motorists are also being encouraged to take precautions this summer.

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Many farmers and landowners are setting up temporary campsites to facilitate the 2021 boom in staycations.

These are sometimes in remote areas and everyone using one is being encouraged to check if they are at risk from flooding.

“Flash floods can happen at any time of the year,” said the Environment Agency in a statement.

“In Devon and Cornwall, some of the area’s most severe flooding has happened during the summer months, such as Boscastle in August 2004 and Coverack in July 2017.

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“Last August, Storm Ellen and then Storm Francis both hit in the summer holiday season.”

Devon and Cornwall are set to be particular staycation hotspots this summer, with one in three ‘staycationers’ set to visit the area.

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Environment Agency area flood manager Ben Johnstone said having a flood plan in place was “also really important for temporary campsites.

“We urge all campsite owners to be aware of their responsibility and to check their flood risk; owners should consider flood risk as seriously as fire.”

Motorists planning ahead can also take precautions against flooding with the following resources:

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  • Check if an area is at risk from flooding
  • Sign up for free Flood Warnings
  • Call Floodline on 0345 988 1188
  • Follow Met Office weather warnings

Government guidance to site owners might also be of interest to motorists planning a summer staycation in an unfamiliar area or temporary caravan or campsite.


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