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Top three spots for floodwater rescues found in the Midlands

The top three spots for motorists needing to be rescued from floodwater are all found in the Midlands.

They include Rufford Lane in Newark in Nottinghamshire, Watery Gate Lane in Leicester and Houndsfield Lane in Solihull, Birmingham.

The research carried out by the AA found that 45% of drivers from the region would risk putting themselves in danger driving through floodwater.

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Responses from more than 19,000 AA members found pensioners were most likely to take the risk.

Less than a third would turn around and go another way, with men less likely to do so than the women who answered the poll.

22,817
amount of flood rescues by AA in the past 5 years.

The AA say it can take just 1ft (30cm) of flowing water to float a car, while floodwater can get into a vehicle and wreck the engine.

Many of the flood rescues could be avoided if people had checked Environment Agency flood warnings before they travel.

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Our message is simple: don't.

If you see floodwater on the road ahead, you should avoid unnecessary misery and turn around and go another way.

– Environment Agency's John Curtin