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Floodwater rescues prompt safety warning

Publication date
24 December 2013
News release text
Firefighters are reminding residents to stay away from floodwater after a number of incidents in the county today including the rescue of a runner in Tonbridge. 
Crews used an inland boat to reach the man and bring him to dry land at Ensfield Road, shortly before 2pm. Tonbridge Watch Manager Derek Patey said: “We think he was out jogging and tried to cross the water but got swept away and he clung onto a tree for safety until we arrived and rescued him. He was given first aid by firefighters but did not require further medical attention – clearly he was very lucky and we warn others to stay away in weather like this.” 
The incident follows a number of callouts for KFRS throughout them morning to incidents where cars had become stranded. These included: 
Water Lane, Hawkhurst driver trapped by flood water but able to get out of vehicle safely. Road closed due to level of water. 
Woodcock Lane, Rolvenden, two adults trapped in their car due to flood water, crews helped both occupants to safety and the road was closed due to level of water. 
Water Lane, Edenbridge, three adults and a child rescued from their car trapped by flood water, crews used water safety gear to rescue those trapped. 
Lees Road, Yalding, five adults rescued from a car in deep water. 
Fordcombe Road, Penshurst, van surrounded by water but driver was able to get out safely before crews arrived. 
Selling Road, Selling, car trapped in 3ft of flood water and driver rescued. 
Sheephurst Lane, Marden, three vehicles trapped in flood water and five people in total rescued. 
Green lane Marden, car surrounded by water and two men rescued. 
Even after the rain has stopped, flood water, fallen trees and other debris can still have an impact on the roads and on public transport. Think about whether your journey is necessary and if you need to travel, take particular care. 
If severe weather leads to flooding in certain areas, motorists are being warned not to attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. 
Residents are also being reminded that during storms, the emergency services will be very busy so only call for immediate assistance if there is a risk to life or serious property or environmental damage. 
More information and advice can be found on the Environment Agency's website for anyone with concerns about clean-up information or further flood warnings. 
Visit or call the Floodline on 0845 988 1188. 
To report damage to power lines, call UK Power Networks on 0800 783 8866. This number is for the south east only.
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