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Three people rescued after getting stranded in Little Chalfont floodwater
FIREFIGHTERS have rescused three people stranded in floodwater in Little Chalfont.
Crews were called to White Lion Road around 2.15pm after a car had got stuck trying to negotiate deep water following intense rainfall and storms this afternoon.
A woman and two boys were helped to safety from the stricken vehicle by firefighters from Gerrards Cross and Amersham fire stations.
Other motorists successfully manage to drive through the flash flood, but road will now be closed after the incident.
Firefighters are warning drivers not to attempt to cross flood-affected areas, which can do serious damage to cars and in extreme circumstances, put people’s lives at risk.
Bucks Fire and rescue have issued the following advice:
• Don’t ignore or remove flood warning, diversion or road closure signs.
• Don't attempt to drive through water that is more than a few inches deep. Floodwater is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded.
• Six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over, and two feet of water can float your car.
• Drive slowly in first gear, but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch - this will stop you from stalling.
• Avoid the deepest water, usually near the kerb.
• Test your brakes when you are through the flood before you drive at normal speed.
• Try to avoid car journeys during the worst of the weather. Take great care when driving at night in areas that you know have flooded on previous occasions.
• Always check local traffic reports to see if the route is clear before you make the journey.
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