Driver rescued after ignoring signs and trying to cross flooded road
PUBLISHED: 20:09 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 05 April 2018
PHOTO: Steve Norman
A driver had to be rescued after they ignored signs stating that the A1101 Welney Wash Road was flooded.
Fire crews from Outwell and King’s Lynn were called to the flooded road on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border at just after 6.15pm today.
But the motorist was given a helping hand out of the water thanks to a farmer with a tractor.
However, drivers have been reminded that the road is closed and that they should not try to cross.
The rescue came after Norfolk County Council apologised that the road had not been shut on Bank Holiday Monday, when it first flooded.
An Environment Agency spokesman said it alerted Norfolk County Council to the flooding at about 12.10am on Monday, but no action was taken to close the flooded road until Tuesday morning.
In a statement, Norfolk County Council said: “Our highways teams were very busy over the weekend due to rainfall and flooding.
“In this instance unfortunately it seems that this particular message was not picked up our end.
“We closed the road yesterday as soon as we were made aware of the flooding.”
The Environment Agency said it was talking to Norfolk County Council to ‘ensure better communication in future’.
A police officer from Downham Market also issued a Twitter plea to drivers to avoid the area – but still motorists waded through.
PC Rod Morrison @PCRMorrison tweeted: “A1101 Welney Wash is currently flooded, please follow diversions and not become another statistic by getting stuck half way along or worse washed off the road. #drivetoarrive”
Drivers took to Twitter to express their outrage at those attempting to make it through.
Dashcam footage showed one car half submerged in water on the notorious flood risk road.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust also took to social media to say that their nature reserve had limited activities on.
They tweeted on Wednesday morning: “We are still extremely flooded on the reserve, only the main hide open.”
Heavy rainfall causes the River Ouse level at Welney Causeway to rise and spill over onto the flood plains, which were built to store excess water centuries ago.
Flooding makes the A1101 impassable between Welney and Suspension Bridge, leaving the village cut off from the south and drivers facing a 30-mile detour.