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Warning Issued To Motorists Ignoring Road Closed Signs

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people about the danger of flood water and ignoring road closed signs. 

Over the last 72 hours, Derbyshire has experienced widespread flooding and disruption, with the Service being called to attend over 15 incidents including stranded cars, flooded property and even a dog that had got into difficulty in fast flowing flood water. 

Speaking earlier today, Group Manager Paul Hawker said: “Since Saturday we have been called to several incidents where drivers have driven into flood water, ignoring the road closed signs that have been put in place to warn drivers of the danger and that roads are impassable. 

“It’s crucial that drivers don’t ignore these signs, especially when you consider that as little as one foot of water can start to float a car and two feet of water can sweep most vehicles away. 

“While we are responding to cars that are stranded in flood water our resources are tied up and we are unable to respond to other emergencies, potentially putting lives at risk. I would therefore ask people to take notice of any Road Closed signs – they are there for your own safety.” 

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the following advice and information: 


  • Do not ignore Road Closed signs, they are there to protect you and your vehicle from harm and damage from flood water.
  • Just 60cm of standing water will float your car.
  • Just 30cm of flowing water could be enough to move your car.
  • Just 15cm of fast-flowing water can knock you off your feet.
  • A mere egg cupful of water could be enough to wreck your engine. 

Walking near flood water/rivers

  • Keep dogs on a lead when walking near to flood water and rivers.
  • If your dog gets into difficulty, do not attempt to rescue the dog yourself, call 999.
  • Keep away from the water’s edge, river banks can become unstable after periods of intense rain.

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