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Perhaps you should have tried the 4x4... Flooded South Derbyshire road traps latest victim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

  • Flooding in Occupation Lane, Woodville

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A FLOODED road in South Derbyshire has claimed as many as 10 vehicles in the past week as motorists were warned not to risk wading into the water.

A luxury Nissan 350Z was left marooned in Occupation Lane, Woodville, today, having been abandoned by its owner last night.

The driver was the latest to be left with the headache of recovering their submerged vehicle as well as paying for the repairs.

Motorists approaching the floodwater have been warned to turn back, with cones and road closure signs having been placed either side of the dip in the road with weeks of downpours making the section impassible.

The signs were down this morning and people removing them from flooded sites have been told they are putting lives at risk.

Workers at haulage firm R Swain and Sons Ltd, which is just yards away, have been helping to drag stricken vehicles out of the water over the past week - and have been left baffled by motorists who are continuing to take the risk.

A spokesman for the firm said: “About 10 cars have got stuck. We had to pull out a big Transit van on yesterday.

“Why would you risk your car?”

The road has been one of the worst affected by flooding in Burton and South Derbyshire, with police also receiving reports of surface water obstructing vehicles in Main Street, Netherseal, Leathersley Lane, Scropton, as well as a section of the A514 near Ticknall.

The water levels show no sign of receding as the rain continued to pour today.

People in the region have been warned to be ‘vigilant’ by the Environment Agency with more downpours expected heading into the weekend.

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