A man has been rescued from a car trapped on a flooded road in Oxfordshire. Fire crews were called to Great Brook, Chimney at 9:20pm last night.
Fire Engines from Bampton, Witney, Abingdon and the specialist rescue team from Kidlington attended, to find the car in several feet of water.
Firefighters, wearing dry suits and buoyancy aids negotiated deep floodwater by foot, locating the car and occupant over 100 meters into the flooded road. Crews used an inflatable rescue sled to access the car and take the driver to safety.
People should avoid the obvious risks of driving through flood water. 15cms/6 inches of water is enough to cause the loss of control of a vehicle or the possibility of stalling as water enters the exhaust or air intakes. If you cannot gauge the depth of the water do not risk trying to drive through as the consequences can be both dangerous and costly. If in any doubt, turn around and find another way.
The car driver was assessed and treated for shock by the ambulance service.
New photos taken by the Environment Agency show the scale of the flooding in the Arun valley south of Pulborough.
MPs have said it is vital that Defra preserves its ability to respond to emergencies, such as the recent flooding, despite deep cuts.
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