Rescue after floods continue

By Harriet Ernstsons Monday 26 November 2012 Updated: 26/11 14:25

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RESIDENTS had to be rescued from their homes after an Alcester caravan park was flooded following a torrent of heavy rain.

Firefighters were called out to help five people and a dog who had become trapped in their homes at Oversley Mill Caravan Park at 7.40am on Sunday (November 25). The fast flowing flood water had cut off their escape route.

The mobile homes were damaged despite having buoyancy protection systems fitted in a bid to ensure they were not affected by flooding.

Coun Mike Gittus said: "I am shocked that the flotation equipment fitted to four homes on Oversley Park failed to save the properties from flood damage when the river rose over the bank, I was always assured that these vulnerable properties were safeguarded by their ability to float."

But he added Alcester's £2.5 million flood defences had held their own against the rising river levels.

"I am relieved that the new defence system for tackling flood issues in the town worked as well as they were designed to. I was always keen to see them put to the test but hadn't expected for them to be thrown into the deep end."

In Redditch, several roads were closed and residents battled to ensure flood water did not enter their homes. Roads surrounding the Batchley ponds and Paper Mill Drive in Church Hill were reported by the Standard's Facebook friends as being some of the worst affected over the weekend.

Roads still closed include Holloway Lane in Lodge Park, Icknield Street at the junction of Primrose Hill in Alvechurch, Fox Hill in Alvechurch and Houndsfield Lane in Wythall.

A Met Office spokesman confirmed 42mm of rain fell in Redditch on Saturday and Sunday, adding to the 29.2mm rainfall on Wednesday and 20mm on Thursday to exceed the November average of 61.5mm in under a week.

Between 2mm and 5mm is expected today (Monday) with showers today and tonight, but throughout the week the weather is likely to dry up with a cold spell anticipated.

While flood water remains on the roads, West Midlands Ambulance Service has issued an urgent plea to residents to ensure they do not put their own or the lives of emergency services at risk by failing to take suitable precautions in affected area.

General manager Nathan Hudson said: "No one can have missed the heavy rain and strong winds that battered the region, However, despite this we have been called out to several incidents where cars have tried to pass through flooded roads, fords and small rivers and got stuck.

"The net effect is that the occupants have become trapped in their vehicles and the emergency services have had to risk difficult and often dangerous conditions in the middle of the night to come and rescue them."

He added drivers should take a detour instead of trying to get across flood water and risking becoming trapped in their cars.

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