Ambulance boss his out at drivers as flash floods hit

Monday 26 November 2012 Updated: 27/11 16:17

THE boss of West Midlands Ambulance Service has criticised drivers for risking their lives and those of the emergency services as flash floods hit the region.

Heavy rain battered much of the country with flood warnings affecting most regions.

But general manager Nathan Hudson said he was concerned by the number of people who tried to drive through flooded roads, fords, and small rivers and got stuck.

"People who attempt to pass through flooded roads are not only putting their own lives at risk, but also the lives of the emergency services staff who have to rescue them," Mr Hudson said.

"A little bit of common sense from the public will ensure that no one’s life is put in any unnecessary danger.

"No-one can have missed the heavy rain and strong winds that battered the region overnight.

"It is quite simple; driving through flood water is inherently dangerous. When you start off you simply have no idea how deep it will be, whether there will be hidden obstacles such as raised man hole covers that could damage your car.

"Perhaps surprisingly, we have had to deal with a remarkable number of stuck 4x4s. Just because your vehicle has four wheel drive, does not make it amphibious. They too can become stuck in deep flood water.

"We would urge people to not try and get across flood water and instead take a short detour, rather than become trapped in their cars and have to be rescued."

Popular »

1 Coronation Street star visits Coventry care home

2 Barclays announce bank holiday opening

3 More shots from M6 crash scene

4 Police appeal after man drags pensioner off city bus

5 Snooker proposal is right on cue for Coventry fan

More news »

Primary schools must do better - council education chief

SOME of Coventry's primary schools are 'clearly not

Update: University Hospital ward back open after norovirus scare

A WARD affected by the norovirus winter sickness

Air ambulance opens first shop in Coventry

THE Coventry Airport-based Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

Work to start on Stoneleigh Park's £50million revamp

THE multi-million pound masterplan to turn Stoneleigh Park

Regional news »


Rugby Observer
Report highlights mental health care concerns

MENTAL health services are inconsistent, the Care Quality Commission has ...

Solihull Observer
Brave Connie inspires Hospital appeal

THE PARENTS of a four-year-old leukaemia patient are calling on ...

Leamington Observer
Rebelling White dropped from social value role

CHRIS White MP has been dropped as the government ambassador ...

Redditch Standard
Bishop's wife loses battle with cancer

THE BISHOP of Worcester has asked for prayers for him ...