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Drivers risking deep floodwater despite warning signs
1:00pm Thursday 30th January 2014 in News
FURTHER flooding is predicted across Dorset due to heavy rainfall this week.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain until Saturday, and said localised flooding was possible where the ground is already saturated.
In Bransgore, Derritt Lane has been a foot underwater for a week, but drivers are still taking their chances in the water, despite warning signs and the half-submerged abandoned car on the roadside.
Simon Rowley, of local business Fire Aid, said the same thing had been happening each winter for several years.
“I don’t know what planet these people are on,” he said.
“If you have a big car and know how to drive through flood water then you may be ok, but why take the risk when it is only a mile detour to get around?
“You can’t see how deep it is, and if the car goes over the edge of the road that’s it.
“That car has been there for a week and now has a smashed window.”
He said the low-lying location received run-off from the surrounding fields and it could be as long as a month before water drained away.
“We tried draining it with Burley Fire Station last year but it wasn’t very successful,” he added.
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