Drivers trapped in Kenilworth’s ford after flooding

A lorry creates a wave as it drives through the ford, which engulfs a nearby car. Copyright: Fraser Pithie
A lorry creates a wave as it drives through the ford, which engulfs a nearby car. Copyright: Fraser Pithie

Some drivers who attempted to cross the flooded ford in Kenilworth this morning (Wednesday March 9) became trapped, resulting in Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service having to come and rescue them.

The ford burst its banks early this morning, and water levels continued to rise as more and more rain fell.

Although cars could pass through the ford to begin with, eventually water levels became so high that some drivers who took the risk became trapped.

Castle Road was eventually shut by Warwickshire Police after a lorry careered through the ford, creating a wave which engulfed other cars that were stuck in the floodwater.

Signs on the ford warning system have now been illuminated, although Kenilworth resident Jim Dunlop claimed the signs were not on at 7.50am when he was by the ford.

The Castle Mere was also filled with water after the flooding.

Two cars trapped after trying to cross the floodwater. Copyright: Fraser Pithie

Two cars trapped after trying to cross the floodwater. Copyright: Fraser Pithie

Odibourne Allotments off School Lane flooded once again, having been flooded in February during the last period of torrential rain.

The ford warning sign on the Castle Road Forrest Road junction. Copyright: Fraser Pithie

The ford warning sign on the Castle Road Forrest Road junction. Copyright: Fraser Pithie

The Castle mere reappeared as a result of the heavy rain and flooding. Copyright: Fraser Pithie

The Castle mere reappeared as a result of the heavy rain and flooding. Copyright: Fraser Pithie