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Emergency crews rescue van driver stuck in flood in UK

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Emergency responders rescued a van driver stranded on his roof amidst severe flooding in the UK today. The incident occurred at the Strood causeway on Mersea Island in Essex, where high tides left several vehicles marooned.

Emergency crews rescue van driver stuck in flood in UK

Firefighters aided in the rescue as four vehicles, including one with three children onboard, became stuck in 3.5ft high waters. Fortunately, everyone managed to escape before the firefighters arrived.

Witnesses described the chaotic scene, with scores of cars trapped on the flooded road. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the rescue of the van driver, emphasizing the importance of checking tide times in the area.

The flooding comes amid nearly 300 flood warnings across England, with the Environment Agency issuing alerts for expected and possible flooding. Additionally, the Met Office issued wind warnings for several regions, warning of ‘danger to life’ gales reaching 75mph.

Transportation disruptions are expected, including possible delays for road, rail, air, and ferry services. The inclement weather also poses risks of building damage and power cuts.

The Thames Barrier closed due to the forecast of a very high tide, following a series of storms that have battered the UK in recent days. Storm Kathleen, with gusts reaching 73mph, particularly impacted western regions, while Scotland experienced power outages.

As the UK braces for further severe weather, authorities urge residents to stay vigilant and heed safety warnings.

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