December 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm #14844RadarModerator
A man who drove through deep flood water and posted video footage on YouTube has been condemned by police.
The video, shot from a Land Rover being driven along a flooded stretch of road at Welney, Norfolk, shows water flowing over the vehicle’s bonnet.
Norfolk Police said the driver’s actions had been “extremely irresponsible and dangerous”.
When contacted by the BBC, the driver declined to comment.
The five-minute video, entitled “Ross’s Defender Wading Welney”, was shot on Tuesday and shows the Land Rover negotiating the A1101 Wash Road, between Delph Bridge and Suspension Bridge.
The road was closed after the River Ouse flooded during recent heavy rains, with water in the area reaching a depth of 1.35m (4.5ft) in places.
Traffic between Littleport and Wisbech has had to take either a 25-mile diversion via Downham Market or a 35-mile detour via Chatteris.
At one point in the video, a tractor and trailer pass in the opposite direction, causing a wave of water to surge over the Land Rover’s bonnet.
Water can also be seen seeping into the vehicle.
A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “Such action is extremely irresponsible and dangerous.
“We’d urge drivers not to continue down any road when confronted by flood waters of this magnitude.
“It is behaviour like this that puts the driver and passengers in danger and also could necessitate a call from the emergency services to retrieve you if you get into difficulty.
“You could also sustain serious damage to the vehicle.”
This week Cambridgeshire Police warned drivers who ignored flood warning signs and got stuck in deep water could be prosecuted.
Video footage and source:December 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm #64813ses310Moderator
I have some footage somewhere from years ago taken on a phone of me driving down the switchback between Bewdley and Stourport when it was closed and flooded.
Just felt like I was driving down a massive river and not a road. Will have to try and dig it out even though it is pretty poor quality.December 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm #64814RadarModerator
I was surprised he knew how to keep on track and not wonder into a ditch or something similar.
Look forward to your clip if you can find itDecember 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm #64815ChampsParticipant
That is a clear demonstration of why all cars should have snorkels!
If all cars had snorkels and snow chains there would never be an issue with bad weather in this country.December 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm #64816
nothing wrong with thatDecember 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm #64817katanaParticipant
Looks ok to me.
I managed to get a hired Suzuki jeep across a river in Cyprus and few years ago when the water was over the bonnet so a landy should handle it no problem.December 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm #64818BigBenParticipant
I understand the part about emergency rescue possibly being needed but I don’t think the driver would have done it if he and the vehicle couldn’t manage it. In my opinion it’s nothing to do with the police and they should just shut up for once and go and run more people over, bet they won’t get prosecuted! A landy is designed for such tasks. DaftDecember 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm #64819
see there pov in a way tho… so many idiots out there will think if the landy can do it so can their corsa or what have you, or even another landy but without a snorkle!
We have Darwin awards for them so they do exist! lolDecember 3, 2012 at 10:23 am #64820BigBenParticipant
Fair point, I’ve only just seen the vid but high five to them if there was so much water coming through the vent I’d have opened the door to let it out….wait, oh.December 3, 2012 at 11:18 am #64821
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