'Hero' rescues three-year-old and her mum as Solihull is hit by floods - The Solihull Observer

'Hero' rescues three-year-old and her mum as Solihull is hit by floods

Solihull Editorial 3rd Jan, 2024   0

A HALL Green man has been hailed a hero after he rescued a three year old girl and her mother from dangerous flood waters.

West Midlands Police Eye in the Sky said on X, formerly Twitter, a man named Liam managed to rescue the pair before securing the vehicle to the bridge to prevent it from being washed down the River Cole.

They posted an image of the car tied to the bridge on the junction of Green Road and Sarehole Road with its back window smashed.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said the mother and daughter were discharged.

This heroic tale comes as Ambulance bosses warn Silhillians about the dangers of driving through flooded roads after ambulance crews were called to treat five patients from four separate incidents yesterday afternoon and evening.

This included a call to a car that was stuck in flood water on Houndsfield Lane in Hollywood at 5.20pm.

WMAS said ambulance staff worked with firefighters to assure themselves that the only occupant had got free from the vehicle, which was filling up with water.

The man was taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch as a precaution.

Ben Pallante, the WMAS hazardous area response team manager, said: “The first thing to do in heavy rain is consider whether you actually need to be out driving.

“If it is necessary than the simple advice is that you should not drive into flood water that’s more than 10cm (four nches) deep.

“You should be particularly careful when using fords during heavy rain, such as we have seen in the last couple of days, as they can become very dangerous. Fast-moving water is very powerful and can quickly sweep your car off the road in depths of only 30cm.

“Also, remember that the Highway Code states that stopping distances will be at least double in wet weather, because your tyres will have less grip on the road.

“If you can’t avoid driving through water, do so slowly, but if possible find an alternative route.”

A flood warning was in place for the River Blythe at Earlswood as river levels rose due to heavy rainfall in the area.

Residents and businesses were being warned of flooding to property, roads and farmland in Earlswood from Valley Road to the Industrial estate.

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