Coventry & Warwickshire

Three rescued from car in Bedworth flood water

Three people have been rescued after the car they were in became stranded in flood water in Warwickshire.

The county's fire service was called to the vehicle off Coalpits Lane, Bedworth, at about 18:05 GMT.

Crews rescued the three occupants from the 1.5m deep (4.9ft) water using an inflatable sled, the service said. None of the three sustained injuries.

A number of flood warnings were in place along the Avon and Leam according to the Environment Agency.

Several roads across Coventry and Warwickshire remain blocked by flood water following more heavy rain at the weekend.

Over the weekend several other people had to be rescued from floods by Warwickshire Fire Service.

Five homes were flooded in Weddington, Nuneaton, after heavy rain over the last four days.

Robert Kershaw and Karen Shaw had put their home on the market and were expecting to exchange contracts with a buyer within the next two weeks.

Image caption Robert Kershaw and Karen Shaw were hoping to complete the sale of their house in the next fortnight

Mr Kershaw said: "We'd had this flood before in 2007 which we considered to be a freak situation. This was all pointed out to the couple that were buying.

"They've pulled out of the sale this morning understandably. They're gutted and we're gutted."

In Stratford-upon-Avon river levels peaked at lunchtime and the EA said levels were continuing to fall, with only light rain expected for the rest of Monday.

Some 600 caravans have been floated at Riverside Caravan Park in Stratford-upon-Avon since last week, thanks to automatic devices.

Nic Allen, from the caravan site, said the devices were installed after 350 caravans were lost in the 2007 floods.

"It's a very simple system. It uses polystyrene blocks with a number under each caravan depending on how big it is or how much it weighs, and then there is a piston system like a radio aerial and they go up and down - so there's no electricity involved."

He said just one caravan had failed to float after being fitted with the £3,500 devices.

Outlook 'better'

EA flood warnings remain for several places along stretches of the rivers Avon and Leam.

Jim Meadows, who farms near Loxley, said heavy rain over the last week was already having a "major impact" on next year's crops, with many farmers unable to sow.

It follows wet weather in the summer, which reduced this year's harvest and helped drive up food prices.

David Hudson from the EA said the general outlook for Coventry and Warwickshire was better than previous days as heavy rain was forecast to move north.

He said water levels in many of the smaller tributaries of the rivers were now dropping but water from those could still be flowing towards the main rivers.

Mr Hudson said: "Things have eased, but watch out if you're close to the Avon."

Two car parks at Coventry University Hospital which were closed by flooding have reopened.

On Sunday, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had taken nearly 50 calls from people relating to flooding.

Seven people had to be pulled from cars stuck in flood water and five homes were flooded in Weddington Road, Nuneaton.

BBC Inside Out featuring the flooding situation can be watched on the iPlayer until 3 December.

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