Cars trapped in flood water - three people rescued
Firefighters have been called to a number of cars stranded in flood water in Buttsbury Wash, near Billericay today.
In total, firefighters found three vehicles stuck in flood waters. One person was rescued from their van which was stuck in 5ft of water, and two elderly people were rescued from their car and one further car was found floating in flood waters, but after crews thoroughly checked inside, the vehicle was confirmed to be empty.
A number of local fire engines, plus water incident managers,and specialists from our Urban Search and Rescue teams were sent to the incidents.
Station Manager Toby Ingham said, "If you see flood water, turn around and find another route. Remember just 2ft of water is enough to float a car. It's not worth taking the risk.
"This type of incident is easily avoided - if you see any flooded roads, simply do not drive through them. Today we have had to use a number of officers, crews and specialist units to assist at the scene, all resources which have been tied up and not available to other emergencies.
Flood safety advice
- Don't drive through flood water – find an alternative route
- Don't ignore road closed signs
- Don’t assume fords are safe to cross just because the road is not closed, always look at the river level gauge
- If your vehicle gets stuck in flood water, remove your seatbelts and call for help
- Make sure you have what3words on your phone to help rescuers to find you