Drivers saved from floodwater in Bexhill

Car stuck in flood, Peartree Lane, Bexhill.'4x4 Assist come to the rescue. SUS-160401-174939001
Car stuck in flood, Peartree Lane, Bexhill.'4x4 Assist come to the rescue. SUS-160401-174939001
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Two motorists had to be rescued after their cars got stuck on a flooded country road.

The vehicles ground to a halt after trying to drive through up to two foot of water near the Ninfield Road end of Peartree Lane on Monday (January 4).

Car stuck in flood, Peartree Lane, Bexhill. SUS-160401-174907001

Car stuck in flood, Peartree Lane, Bexhill. SUS-160401-174907001

Paul Gibson, from Bexhill, was called to help rescue the first driver just before 4pm.

Paul is a trustee of 4x4 Assist, a volunteer-group supplying response vehicles for medical staff transportation purposes in adverse weather, vehicle recovery and emergency services assistance.

He said: “A member of the public made us aware of a stranded vehicle in Peartree Lane.

“The driver had not been aware of how deep the flood water was, driven into it and the car packed up.

Car stuck in flood, Peartree Lane, Bexhill.'4x4 Assist come to the rescue. SUS-160401-174918001

Car stuck in flood, Peartree Lane, Bexhill.'4x4 Assist come to the rescue. SUS-160401-174918001

“A response vehicle turned up to firstly make sure the lady was OK, make sure the scene was safe so no other vehicles tried the same thing, and recovered the car.”

Two 4x4 vehicles pulled the car from the water before a recovery truck was called and the car was taken away.

East Sussex Highways had been informed about the incident at 4pm. But the road was not closed to traffic until 8pm - by which time the floodwater, now almost two feet deep, had claimed another victim.

Paul returned to the scene at 7.30pm only to discover a brand new black BMW, driven by an elderly gentleman, had become trapped in the water, with the driver still inside.

Observer photographer Justin Lycett was one of the first on the scene when the first vehicle got stuck and helped redirect traffic while the car was pulled free.

He said: “Highways should have closed the road.

“It’s really hard for people to turn around down there, especially in the dark.”

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “We have experienced extreme rainfall over the past few days and there were a number of flood warnings issued around the county. It is important that motorists drive to the conditions and avoid attempts to travel along flooded roads.

“We have been incredibly busy over the past few days dealing with the effect the bad weather has had on many roads across the county.

“We were alerted to the flood in Peartree Lane, which was impassable, and put road closed signs out as soon as we could get to the scene, shortly before 8pm.”

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