A crew from Highgate fire station responded to Green Road in Hall Green shortly before 4.25pm on Tuesday 2 January.
They arrived to find that a woman and a child had already been rescued from a car by a member of the public, after their vehicle had got stuck in a fast-moving water beneath a bridge.
It is clear that the man risked his own safety, and put others first. We hope that everyone involved is recovering from their ordeal.
The incident could have had a very different ending, and highlights just how dangerous flood water can be.
The water will be moving much faster thank you think. You can’t see what’s beneath the surface, like raised manhole covers and debris.
Just a small amount of water can stop your engine. Flood water is often strong enough to shift your car several metres downstream.
Our advice is:
- keep out of flood water, whether you’re in a vehicle or on foot
- even if you think you think it’s safe – perhaps it’s a local ford you’ve driven through many times before – don’t risk it
- if you do get stranded, don’t try to get out of your vehicle in fast-flowing water. Call 999 and ask for the fire service
- if you think you can leave your vehicle safely, do so very slowly and carefully
- if you have a breakdown and recovery service, you should call them. The fire service doesn’t assist in the recovery of vehicles from water
- if you’re out for a walk, don’t be tempted to get near the water.
- always keep dogs on leads around water
It’s still the school holidays for many, so parents and carers: please make sure your children know the dangers of flood water.
For more tips on staying safe around water, especially in the winter, please visit our winter water safety page.