Danger for drivers as river levels rise

Worcester News: WATER WAY: A picture of the car at Shell ford near Himbleton submitted by Worcester News reader Mark Small. WATER WAY: A picture of the car at Shell ford near Himbleton submitted by Worcester News reader Mark Small.

MOTORISTS are being urged to be extra cautious when river levels are higher than usual after three vehicles had to be rescued from fords in Worcestershire.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) was called out last Friday just after 11am after a van became stuck in the ford in Houndsfield Lane, in Hollywood, near Redditch.

A crew from Redditch was joined by rescue boats from Worcester and Evesham, and they pulled the driver and his van from the flooded ford using ropes.

Shortly after 1.30pm the same day, the service received reports that two cars were submerged in the ford at Shell, near Himbleton.

Crews from Droitwich and Kidderminster and rescue boats from Worcester and Evesham used an inflatable sledge and a ladder to rescue an elderly man from one of the cars. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Worcester Royal Hospital by ambulance.

One of the cars remained in the ford on Monday, as shown in this picture by Worcester News reader Mark Small, who sent us the picture on our Facebook page.

Police were told about the incident but did not attend. A spokesman said responsibility for removing the vehicle lay with its owner in the first instance, but that police could recover it at the owner’s expense if necessary. Crews also rescued a man from his car at the ford on Walcot Lane, Drakes Broughton, near Pershore, last Wednesday.

A fire service spokesman said: “We are urging anyone who uses a route that includes a ford to keep themselves updated with the local flood warnings and weather reports, and to avoid driving through the ford when river levels are higher than usual.”

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8:31am Thu 21 Jun 12

MJI says...

When there are floods you will always find something in Shell ford, last time it was a large van.
When there are floods you will always find something in Shell ford, last time it was a large van. MJI
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7:09pm Thu 21 Jun 12

1twogo says...

Is there a common sense part in the Highway Code or driving test?
Is there a common sense part in the Highway Code or driving test? 1twogo
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12:50pm Fri 22 Jun 12

bob1967 says...

Something needs to be done about the ford at Drakes Broughton, although not many of the incidents make it to the paper I can assure you this is more of a weekly occurrence. The warning indicators are not adequate. Last December I lost a car to that ford, fortunatley I just lost a car I could easily have lost 3 children and myself, my stupid mistake but better warning signs might have made me think.
Something needs to be done about the ford at Drakes Broughton, although not many of the incidents make it to the paper I can assure you this is more of a weekly occurrence. The warning indicators are not adequate. Last December I lost a car to that ford, fortunatley I just lost a car I could easily have lost 3 children and myself, my stupid mistake but better warning signs might have made me think. bob1967
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1:09pm Fri 22 Jun 12

1twogo says...

What? ...better warning than a pair of good eyes and some common sense?
What? ...better warning than a pair of good eyes and some common sense? 1twogo
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5:01pm Fri 22 Jun 12

bob1967 says...

@1Twogo .....I'd have got through quite easily if it had not been for the person coming the other way that forced me to stop in the middle as they were not paying attention. Also it's deeper on the Pershore side than it is on the Drakes Broughton side due to the errosion of the bank/concrete slab. The air intake on the SAAB was lower than it was on my previous car, so what would have been a breeze in the old car wasn't in a SAAB... And as I said "My stupid mistake". So any other smart comment you'd care to make? No? Then have a coke a smile and ......
@1Twogo .....I'd have got through quite easily if it had not been for the person coming the other way that forced me to stop in the middle as they were not paying attention. Also it's deeper on the Pershore side than it is on the Drakes Broughton side due to the errosion of the bank/concrete slab. The air intake on the SAAB was lower than it was on my previous car, so what would have been a breeze in the old car wasn't in a SAAB... And as I said "My stupid mistake". So any other smart comment you'd care to make? No? Then have a coke a smile and ...... bob1967
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8:03pm Sat 23 Jun 12

1twogo says...

@bob1967 ;) Im smiling, all is well. Hey, I thought SAABs flew? Hope you gave the other driver some stick for causing you to stop and get stuck, bad luck there. Hope your motor is all fine and dandy now. Take it easy... :)
@bob1967 ;) Im smiling, all is well. Hey, I thought SAABs flew? Hope you gave the other driver some stick for causing you to stop and get stuck, bad luck there. Hope your motor is all fine and dandy now. Take it easy... :) 1twogo
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