Motorhome and campervan owners setting out on their yearly summer holiday have been caught out by the flash floods that have caused widespread chaos to roads in areas as far afield as the River Yealm in Devon to Budle Bay, hundreds of miles further north in Northumberland.
In Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall the environment agency put out a red alert warning over the weekend, the highest elevation of warning they issue and which means people in the area could encounter life threatening situations. Many towns and villages in the area succumbed to flood waters as they endured a month’s worth of rain in less than 24 hours. In Cornwall, environment agency workers spoke to hundreds of motorhome owners in camp sites around the county advising them to move their vehicles to higher ground before the rains came. Fortunately the warning came in time to save both lives and in most cases the vehicles, however, amateur footage from several areas shows motorhomes enveloped in feet of water and one can only imagine motorhome insurance providers will be helping customers over some very difficult times in the next few days.
UK residents can expect little respite over the next week as the Met Office forecast rain will fall in heavy bursts for the next seven days in many areas. One bit of good news for motorists is that all areas that had been under severe flood warnings have now been downgraded to just flood warnings, but insurance experts are urging drivers who did drive through deep flood waters to ensure their vehicles are given a good check to ensure they are safe.
Just when drivers were thinking things can’t get much worse, motorists who use the M4 will be devastated to learn that the motorway will be closed for up to 5 days from junctions 1-3, promising traffic congestion for travellers to Heathrow Airport and for many commuters in the London area.