Drivers ignore warning signs and chance flood water – despite half-submerged car

Drivers ignore warning signs and chance flood water – despite half-submerged car

WARNING: The abandoned, half-submerged car at Bransgore

'HUGE RISK' Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service area manager Andy Bowers

First published in News by

FURTHER flooding is predicted across Dorset due to heavy rainfall this week.

The Met Office yesterday issued a yellow warning of rain for Bournemouth, Poole and the wider county, covering Wednes-day, Friday and Saturday, and said localised flooding was possible where the ground is already saturated.

On Friday and into Saturday, 20-30mm of rainfall, with possible gales, is predicted for the South West region as a very deep low pressure area moves in.

Many areas of the county are still recovering from weeks of persistent rain.

In Bransgore, Derritt Lane has been flooded to a foot deep for a week, however drivers are still taking their chances in the water, despite warning signs and the half-submerged abandoned car on the roadside.

Simon Rowley, founder of local business Fire Aid, said the same thing had been happening each winter for several years.

“I don’t know what planet these people are on,” he said.

“If you have a big car and know how to drive through flood water then you may be okay, but why take the risk when it is only a mile detour to get around.

“You can’t see how deep it is, and if the car goes over the edge of the road that’s it.

“That car has been there for a week and now has a smashed window.”

He said the low-lying location received run-off from the surrounding fields and it could be as much as a month before water drained away.

“We tried draining it with Burley Fire Station last year but it wasn’t very successful,” he added.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service area manager Andy Bowers said driving past closure signs was a “huge risk”.

“We have already been called to help rescue one driver from their car after they drove into flood water in Derritt Lane,” he said.

“We have also helped rescue numerous other people from their vehicles in similar circumstances in the New Forest in recent weeks.”

He said a car could be moved by just six inches of water, and drivers should seek alternative routes.

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6:19am Wed 29 Jan 14

H2o-hara says...

I spoke to an AA man and he said it's always the same types of car they are rescuing out of floods . The big I am's who think they are invincible !
I 'd rather not mention the types but do heed advise and take a detour if possible .
I spoke to an AA man and he said it's always the same types of car they are rescuing out of floods . The big I am's who think they are invincible ! I 'd rather not mention the types but do heed advise and take a detour if possible . H2o-hara
  • Score: 0

7:34am Wed 29 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

When a yokel was asked how deep the water was he replied about 2 inches. So I said how do you know that, his reply was that it only came halfway up on the ducks.
When a yokel was asked how deep the water was he replied about 2 inches. So I said how do you know that, his reply was that it only came halfway up on the ducks. Lord Spring
  • Score: 28

8:02am Wed 29 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

“I don’t know what planet these people are on,” he said.


That's exactly why our Government have to Nanny all us peasents.
“I don’t know what planet these people are on,” he said. That's exactly why our Government have to Nanny all us peasents. BIGTONE
  • Score: 6

8:03am Wed 29 Jan 14

nobull says...

if that car WAS half submerged it WOULD be too deep to travel along the road/ river!
if that car WAS half submerged it WOULD be too deep to travel along the road/ river! nobull
  • Score: -3

8:25am Wed 29 Jan 14

paulswift36 says...

Why does this road flood for so long when places like the Avon Causeway are fine? Perhaps that should be investigated rather than just leaving the road closed for weeks.
Why does this road flood for so long when places like the Avon Causeway are fine? Perhaps that should be investigated rather than just leaving the road closed for weeks. paulswift36
  • Score: 4

8:29am Wed 29 Jan 14

Carolyn43 says...

paulswift36 wrote:
Why does this road flood for so long when places like the Avon Causeway are fine? Perhaps that should be investigated rather than just leaving the road closed for weeks.
I think you're the only one who's thought of that.
[quote][p][bold]paulswift36[/bold] wrote: Why does this road flood for so long when places like the Avon Causeway are fine? Perhaps that should be investigated rather than just leaving the road closed for weeks.[/p][/quote]I think you're the only one who's thought of that. Carolyn43
  • Score: 0

8:51am Wed 29 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
paulswift36 wrote:
Why does this road flood for so long when places like the Avon Causeway are fine? Perhaps that should be investigated rather than just leaving the road closed for weeks.
I think you're the only one who's thought of that.
I blame sat navs.
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paulswift36[/bold] wrote: Why does this road flood for so long when places like the Avon Causeway are fine? Perhaps that should be investigated rather than just leaving the road closed for weeks.[/p][/quote]I think you're the only one who's thought of that.[/p][/quote]I blame sat navs. Hessenford
  • Score: 0

9:18am Wed 29 Jan 14

nothingtofear says...

“That car has been there for a week and now has a smashed window.”

The fact that Derritt Lane has been under water for a week still hasn't deterred some lowlife from journeying to the middle of nowhere to break into the car then.
“That car has been there for a week and now has a smashed window.” The fact that Derritt Lane has been under water for a week still hasn't deterred some lowlife from journeying to the middle of nowhere to break into the car then. nothingtofear
  • Score: 5

9:26am Wed 29 Jan 14

static kill says...

It perfectly alright to drive through water if you keep your car properly maintained. If you haven't got enough air in your tyres then obviously your car is going to sink.
It perfectly alright to drive through water if you keep your car properly maintained. If you haven't got enough air in your tyres then obviously your car is going to sink. static kill
  • Score: 2

10:26am Wed 29 Jan 14

Frank28 says...

Driving through flood water can seriously damage your catalytic converter. If you drive past a Road Closed sign, and have any sort of incident, like breaking down in flood water - you're insurance company won't want to know.
Driving through flood water can seriously damage your catalytic converter. If you drive past a Road Closed sign, and have any sort of incident, like breaking down in flood water - you're insurance company won't want to know. Frank28
  • Score: 7

11:26am Wed 29 Jan 14

Bournemouth100 says...

People are too lazy to consider another route.
People are too lazy to consider another route. Bournemouth100
  • Score: 3

11:34am Wed 29 Jan 14

Burton Saint says...

The Road Closed sign is missing from the Sopley end of the lane, There is a sign at the Bransgore end saying just Road Closed. Access to Merryfields is possible. People coming from Sopley are assuming the lane is clear then getting a big shock after the Owls Butchers. Surely it isn't beyond the wit of HCC Highways to put up a sign with clear information about the flooding and what is or isn't accessible.
The Road Closed sign is missing from the Sopley end of the lane, There is a sign at the Bransgore end saying just Road Closed. Access to Merryfields is possible. People coming from Sopley are assuming the lane is clear then getting a big shock after the Owls Butchers. Surely it isn't beyond the wit of HCC Highways to put up a sign with clear information about the flooding and what is or isn't accessible. Burton Saint
  • Score: 4

11:35am Wed 29 Jan 14

John T says...

Lord Spring wrote:
When a yokel was asked how deep the water was he replied about 2 inches. So I said how do you know that, his reply was that it only came halfway up on the ducks.
That yokel is now an Echo reporter, who writes that a car is half-submerged when it is in about 6 inches of water!
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: When a yokel was asked how deep the water was he replied about 2 inches. So I said how do you know that, his reply was that it only came halfway up on the ducks.[/p][/quote]That yokel is now an Echo reporter, who writes that a car is half-submerged when it is in about 6 inches of water! John T
  • Score: 13

12:19pm Wed 29 Jan 14

sc61 says...

paulswift36 wrote:
Why does this road flood for so long when places like the Avon Causeway are fine? Perhaps that should be investigated rather than just leaving the road closed for weeks.
The basic problem here is there's nowhere to pump/drain the water to, without spending significant money, which nobody's prepared to do.
[quote][p][bold]paulswift36[/bold] wrote: Why does this road flood for so long when places like the Avon Causeway are fine? Perhaps that should be investigated rather than just leaving the road closed for weeks.[/p][/quote]The basic problem here is there's nowhere to pump/drain the water to, without spending significant money, which nobody's prepared to do. sc61
  • Score: 2

1:04pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Squars says...

If it`s been going on for years, perhaps people have learnt how to drive through a puddle?
If it`s been going on for years, perhaps people have learnt how to drive through a puddle? Squars
  • Score: 1

1:27pm Wed 29 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

I'm surprised the greedy council hasn't driven one of the camera cars into the flood to fine the driver for illegal parking!

If the road floods like this and it stays, something is preventing the flood from dispersing. Presumably a blocked drain or culvert If the council bothered to rectify the issue, perhaps it wouldn't flood.
I'm surprised the greedy council hasn't driven one of the camera cars into the flood to fine the driver for illegal parking! If the road floods like this and it stays, something is preventing the flood from dispersing. Presumably a blocked drain or culvert If the council bothered to rectify the issue, perhaps it wouldn't flood. speedy231278
  • Score: 0

1:28pm Wed 29 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
When a yokel was asked how deep the water was he replied about 2 inches. So I said how do you know that, his reply was that it only came halfway up on the ducks.
Is he the bloke who only had a flat tyre at the bottom?
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: When a yokel was asked how deep the water was he replied about 2 inches. So I said how do you know that, his reply was that it only came halfway up on the ducks.[/p][/quote]Is he the bloke who only had a flat tyre at the bottom? speedy231278
  • Score: 0

3:09pm Wed 29 Jan 14

alisont1964 says...

i dont have a problem with any one stupid enough to drive through flooded roads. The problem i have is when they need to be rescued and the tax payer picks up the bill.
i dont have a problem with any one stupid enough to drive through flooded roads. The problem i have is when they need to be rescued and the tax payer picks up the bill. alisont1964
  • Score: 0

4:46pm Wed 29 Jan 14

mgibbs says...

I think that part of the problem is that the police have been closing roads unnecessarily, and leaving roads that really are unusable, closed for too long. Anything less than 6 inches of water does not require closure of the road, unless the water is flowing extremely quickly.
I think that part of the problem is that the police have been closing roads unnecessarily, and leaving roads that really are unusable, closed for too long. Anything less than 6 inches of water does not require closure of the road, unless the water is flowing extremely quickly. mgibbs
  • Score: 2

11:29pm Wed 5 Feb 14

xantal says...

Actually there should be two vehicles in this picture as out of shot and to the left there is also a half submerged police car.

I like to get the full picture and not half a news story
Actually there should be two vehicles in this picture as out of shot and to the left there is also a half submerged police car. I like to get the full picture and not half a news story xantal
  • Score: 0

6:26am Fri 7 Feb 14

Emma.1 says...

When driving through floods or big puddles SLOW down, been drenched by cars not slowing down!
When driving through floods or big puddles SLOW down, been drenched by cars not slowing down! Emma.1
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