Flood traps father and son in car
PUBLISHED: 07:03 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 21:35 29 May 2010
FLASH floods caused by cloud bursts wreaked havoc throughout the Dunmow Broadcast area on Tuesday. Three fire crews had to rescue a father and his four-year-old son when their car got stuck in the middle of a flooded Browns End Road in Broxted. The electr
FLASH floods caused by cloud bursts wreaked havoc throughout the Dunmow Broadcast area on Tuesday.
Three fire crews had to rescue a father and his four-year-old son when their car got stuck in the middle of a flooded Browns End Road in Broxted.
The electrics had failed after the man had tried to drive his red convertible Saab 900 through the water, which was much deeper than he had thought.
Firefighters from Thaxted and Harlow removed the boy from the car before pushing the stranded vehicle, with his father still at the wheel, to safety.
A couple of miles down the road Carolyn Bennett, who owns King's Barn Farm in Little Easton was out looking at The Brook, which runs at the bottom of her garden.
It had broken its banks and completely flooded the road through the village.
"Lots of people have been caught out by the flood that is covering the bridge. My husband Frank has had to use his tractor to pull a couple of cars out of it already this morning," she said.
Dominique Wassell has owned the Shahzada Stables in Duck Street, Little Easton, since January this year. She was in the ménage with her German Warmblood Stallion, Laudaris who was warily eyeing the expanse of water that had appeared over night.
She said she was fortunate that none of the horses were affected by the water that was covering all of her paddocks.
"This is the third time the paddocks have flooded this year but normally it's just large puddles," she said.
"At the moment it's like one big lake out there. I've never seen it as bad as this. Luckily we don't put the horses out in these fields during the winter."
A spokesman for the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: "It would appear that the Dunmow area was quite on its own when it came to being badly affected by the rains.
"As far as I am aware, we received no other emergency call outs to do with flooding on Tuesday morning," she added.
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