Please take care on wet or flooded roads

Fri 3 Jan, 2014

Most of Little Linford Lane, between Newport Pagnell and Little Linford, is currently closed.

Firefighters are urging people to take extra care on wet or flooded roads following an incident this morning.

Crews rescued a man whose car was stuck in about 2ft 6in (76cm) of water in a dip in Little Linford Lane, Little Linford.

Firefighters from Newport Pagnell, Broughton, and Great Holm were called just before 10.30am. Five firefighters wearing drysuits and personal flotation devices entered the water with a rescue sled. They put a lifejacket on the man and led him to safety.

Firefighters recommend the following safety tips:

  • Try to avoid car journeys during the worst of the weather. Take great care when driving at night in areas that you know have flooded on previous occasions.
  • Always check local traffic reports to see if the route is clear before you make the journey.
  • Don’t ignore or remove flood warning, diversion or road closure signs.
  • Remember, these days, a lot of a car's electrical systems are underneath the car. Don't attempt to drive through water that is more than a few inches deep.
  • Floodwater is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded.
  • Six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over, and two feet of water can float a car.
  • Drive slowly in first gear but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch - this will stop you from stalling.
  • Avoid the deepest water, usually near the kerb.
  • Test your brakes when you are through the flood before you drive at normal speed.