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Motorist trapped in 4ft deep flood water rescued

Car trapped in flood water in Thurlaston. Credit: Twitter/@benvolresponder

A motorist who was trapped in 4ft deep flood water in Leicestershire has been rescued.

Fire crews were called to Watery Gate Lane in Thurlaston at around 8pm on Monday (13 January).

They found a driver stuck in their vehicle in approximately four feet deep water.

The driver was rescued but the car was left on the ford.

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Motorists are being urged by the emergency services to not drive the road as there are 'road closed' signs.

Between 2014 - 2018 the fire service has been called out 10 times and the county council’s highways department attended 19 times to Watery Gate Lane.

Leicestershire County County announced on January 8 that they would be putting in gates to stop motorists ignoring the road closed signs.

The scheme will cost around £65,000 and the county council has now pledged to pay 75 per cent of the funds following refusal by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council to contribute towards the scheme.

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Motorists have been ignoring warning signs and too often trying to cross the ford on Watery Gate Lane when the water levels have risen.

"This leads them to breakdown and either our highways department or the fire service being called out.

“We are grateful for the support from Blaby District Council and working with them and the local flood warden to support the fire service we are confident these gates will act as more of a deterrent.”

– Leicestershire County Council, Councillor Blake Pain:

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