Authorities in Britain are urging people not to take unnecessary risks as they try to tackle flood waters. A father and son were found dead in the basement of a rugby club in the west of England. It is thought they were overcome by fumes from a petrol-powered water pump they were using. Deputy Fire chief Alan Hoar said: “At a time when we were starting to overcome the floods, to lose two lives so tragically is really desperate for the whole community and we feel it in the fire and rescue service as well, and I would urge all communities to contact us for advice.” With floodwaters receding in many areas, experts are also warning people to be mindful of the risk of contracting an illness from polluted water. Dr Ruth Hall from the Health Protection Agency is also worried about people’s mental state. She said: “Well we know about the risks of floods from other experience, and we certainly know that one of the major impacts is on people’s state of anxiety and their mental health and that will be both an immediate issue and also a longer term issue.” Tens of thousands of homes left without running tap water earlier in the week have been told they will have to wait up to two weeks before supplies are restored.
UK authorities urge flood victims not to take risks