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Exeter road named as one of worst for stranding cars in floods

An Exeter road has been named as one of the most dangerous for people getting stuck in flood waters while driving.

In just two years the AA has rescued six cars from Marsh Barton Road, in the city and it's now warning drivers to be more aware.

A survey carried out by the AA and the Environment Agency found 46% of drivers in the West Country would risk putting themselves and passengers by driving through flood water.

It also revealed older drivers took more dangerous risks in the wet weather.

46%
of West Country drivers would driving through flood water
22,817
number of rescues the AA has been called out to in the last five years.

They released this video of a bus in Devon flooding as it tried to take on high waters.

As winter approaches the Environment Agency and the AA are urging people not to try and drive through flood water, as it can be life threatening.

Just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float a car.

30cm
The amount of water needed to float a car

The sheer number of people of all ages who wouldn’t think twice about a potentially fatal decision to drive through a flood is deeply worrying.

Our message is simple: don’t.

– John Curtin, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency