Driver rescued from flood water after ignoring warning signs in Leicestershire

A driver had to be rescued from a notorious ford after getting stuck in 3ft of flood water.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue (LFRS) were called out to help the driver to safety this morning in Watery Gate Lane, between Earl Shilton and Thurlaston.

Firefighters used an inflatable raft to rescue the driver. Fire crews from Hinckley, Western and Southern station were involved in the rescue.

Driver trapped in the ford on Watery Gate Lane

A number of motorists who think their vehicles can cope with the water have been trapped in the ford, despite signs warning drivers of the dangers and highlighting the depth of the water.

Other are now being warned and asked to steer clear of the ford, following the recent storms.

Just six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, which is enough to cause loss of control and possible stalling as water seeps into the exhaust or air intake.

LFRS have issued a warning to drivers saying: “Please do not drive into flood water as you may not be lucky enough to drive out again.”

“Take notice of road signs and don’t take any risks.”