First floods of Autumn promise more misery for motorists

Motorhome insurance providers will be bracing themselves for a busy few days as the UK weather once again brings flood misery to thousands of home owners and motorists.

In the last 36 hours storms have raged through virtually every geographic area of the UK with places as far afield as Dorsett and Devon in the South West to Northumberland in the North East. In Morpeth, Northumberland several vehicles including a campervan were left stranded by rapidly rising flood waters and emergency services had to carry out a rescue of the drivers and their passengers. The area received the average amount of rain for a month in just a few short hours and a few miles further south in North Yorkshire motorists had to be rescued from their vehicles in Skeeby and Whashton; while districts of major towns such as Harrogate and Durham are said to be under serious threat of flooding.

Holidaying motorhome owners found their vehicles under threat of flooding in Wells, Somerset and Avon. Fire and Rescue Services said they had been inundated with requests for help and had rescued people from vehicles and properties in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Torrential rain has not been the only problem in the last couple days as severe gale conditions in the South East, Scotland and Northern Ireland has caused further problems for drivers of high sided vehicles such as motorhomes. Of course with some areas experiencing up to 4 inches of rain overnight on ground that has already taken a severe drenching all summer, the worst may yet have to come.

Alison Baptiste, from the Environment Agency, stated that there were flood alerts and warnings in dozens of places in the UK and she confirmed we have not seen the worst yet by saying: “We are already seeing travel disruption due to the wet weather and could well see flooding across the country this week. We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for the possibility of flooding. We also ask that people stay safe by staying away from swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.”