Third rescue this year at Peasley Cross flood blackspot

St Helens Star: Floods at Peasley Cross earlier this year. Floods at Peasley Cross earlier this year.

A MAN became the third motorist to be rescued by firefighters this year at a notorious flood spot beneath a bridge.

As rain battered the town on Monday (December 17), flood waters rose again quickly on Peasley Cross Lane.

Firefighters were called at about 5.38pm after a 44-year-old driver became stuck as he attempted to travel through deep water.

Watch manager Mike Costello from St Helens Community Fire Station explained: “The water was about two and a half to three feet deep and was up to about door level on the car.

“The car was in a section of the road that dips under the bridge. Because this section of the road dips, it appears to be flat. Four firefighters in water rescue suits pushed the car out.

“Road users should drive to the conditions and we also advise drivers not to enter flood water as you do not know the depth of it.”

The man was unharmed as he was brought to safety.

It is an all too familiar pattern on a stretch of road that has claimed unsuspecting motorists for 50 years.

In September an 70-year-old man and 60-year-old woman had to pushed to safety after their car cut out in 3ft of water.

And in August teaching assistant Joanne McKenna had to be rescued after she too misjudged the depth of the water and was left stranded, with water lapping at her car windows. The car, a Citroen, was a write off.

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10:09pm Tue 18 Dec 12

ashdec says...

I think it's time now for a clearly visible water depth gauge to be mounted on the bridge ( both sides ) to prevent this happening again. it's not only irresponsible but floody expensive!
I don't understand how this can happen time and time again!
I think it's time now for a clearly visible water depth gauge to be mounted on the bridge ( both sides ) to prevent this happening again. it's not only irresponsible but floody expensive! I don't understand how this can happen time and time again! ashdec
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12:57am Wed 19 Dec 12

smith&weston says...

I do... some drivers are thick and shouldn't be on our roads. Once again, the electronic warning sign was lit on the approach to the flooded bridge but drivers choose to ignore this.. Despite the road closed sign being in place this morning just before the bridge, I watched car after car proceed past it and splash through the water that still remained.
I do... some drivers are thick and shouldn't be on our roads. Once again, the electronic warning sign was lit on the approach to the flooded bridge but drivers choose to ignore this.. Despite the road closed sign being in place this morning just before the bridge, I watched car after car proceed past it and splash through the water that still remained. smith&weston
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7:06pm Wed 19 Dec 12

TeaRopati says...

Time to start charging drivers who ignore the sign - both for the cost of the rescue and for driving without due care and attention.
Time to start charging drivers who ignore the sign - both for the cost of the rescue and for driving without due care and attention. TeaRopati
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8:50pm Thu 20 Dec 12

frankly says...

i think its time now to get shut of that bridge and sort the road out..no matter what others say, i cant ever see trains going over it again
i think its time now to get shut of that bridge and sort the road out..no matter what others say, i cant ever see trains going over it again frankly
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2:25pm Fri 21 Dec 12

domformula1 says...

Here's one from left field, why not install a barrier that drops automatically when the road floods and blocks access? It seems they will keep on and on trying to pass under the bridge until such time the road is physically closed off
Here's one from left field, why not install a barrier that drops automatically when the road floods and blocks access? It seems they will keep on and on trying to pass under the bridge until such time the road is physically closed off domformula1
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10:50pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Durrell says...

An automatic barrier might stop drivers entering the flooded area, but it would stop vehicles getting out. It would impede the emergency services too when they arrive to rescue whichever numpty has chosen to ignore the flashing warning signs.
An automatic barrier might stop drivers entering the flooded area, but it would stop vehicles getting out. It would impede the emergency services too when they arrive to rescue whichever numpty has chosen to ignore the flashing warning signs. Durrell
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