Two drivers who ignored a ‘road closed’ sign on the same stretch of floodwater had to be rescued by firefighters just hours apart from one another.
Early yesterday (Monday) evening, three fire crews were called to the road near Steeple Claydon after two men and a boy had become stuck in their car in 10 inches of water. Firefighters wearing dry suits pushed the car to safety.
It came after emergency services issued a warning about not ignoring such warnings following the rescue by three fire crews of a man shortly before 9am who got stuck in the same stretch of road. The section between Calvert and Gawcott had been closed because of flooding.
Bucks Fire and Rescue Service’s assistant chief fire officer Jason Thelwell said: “We are disappointed that some drivers have shown a complete disregard for their own safety and that of others during the recent spell of wet weather.
“It requires a considerable amount of resource to attend incidents where people have ignored flood warnings and attempted to drive through closed roads. These resources could be better used elsewhere to keep the community safe.
“Emergency services will always attend incidents where there is a risk to life. However, we are urging everyone to obey the warning signs which have been put in place for their own safety.”
Superintendent Barry Halliday, from Thames Valley Police, said: “I advise the public to pay attention to any road closure barriers or signs in place. Roads are not closed without good reason.
“Valuable time is often lost dealing with motorists who ignore these closures when this could be better used dealing with genuine emergencies.”
The fire service has advised people not to drive through water more than a few inches deep and to avoid car journeys during bad weather.
Heavy rain has caused problems around Aylesbury Vale and the country in the past week, but the worst is thought to be over now.