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Firefighters say flood rescue shows the risk to drivers

Carlisle firefighters who rescued two people whose car was swept off the road by floods at the weekend say it shows the risks of driving into fast-flowing water.

Water rescue specialists from the two Carlisle stations and Longtown joined a crew from Dumfries after the couple were reported clinging to a gate near Newcastleton

Car in field showing fences washed away
CFRS

The Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and other emergency services have been publicising the dangers of driving into moving flood water of unknown depth, and Ian Seel, who supervised the rescue said that less than a foot (30cm) of water can start a car floating away.

The fact that cars will be buoyant at really low water levels, it's so, so easy just to be driving through flood water, to have the vehicle's weight taken off the tyres, and then you start to go with the current."

Ian Seel

Carlisle firefighters rescue two from flooded road

Specialist firefighters from Carlisle helped rescue two people whose car was swept off the road in southern Scotland at the weekend.

Two people standing in flood by gate
CFRS

Fire crews from Carlisle East and West stations and Longtown joined colleagues from Dumfries after the two, thought to be in their 60s, called for help.

Fast flowing flood water meant rescuers could not wade out to them as they held on to a gate in high winds, and the water was too shallow to use a boat.

A helicopter rescue was also considered before the flood water receded, allowing 10 firefighters to bring the couple back to safety, and they were then taken to hospital.

Severe disruption: A68 Scottish Borders both ways

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A68 Scottish Borders both ways severe disruption, from B6358 Canongate to Headrig.

A68 Scottish Borders - A68 Bongate in Jedburgh closed in both directions from the B6358 Canongate junction to the Headrig junction, because of flooding.

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Severe accident: A7 Scottish Borders both ways

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A7 Scottish Borders both ways severe accident, near Burnfoot.

A7 Scottish Borders - A7 in Hawick closed in both directions near the Burnfoot junction, because of an accident involving horse and car.

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Severe accident: A7 Scottish Borders both ways

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A7 Scottish Borders both ways severe accident, between Stow and the South Lodge.

A7 Scottish Borders - A7 blocked and it's heavy in both directions between the Stow junction and the the South Lodge junction in Fountainhall, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A7 Scottish Borders both ways

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A7 Scottish Borders both ways severe accident, from turning for Ashkirk to turning for Clerklands.

A7 Scottish Borders - A7 in Ashkirk closed in both directions from the turning for Ashkirk junction to the turning for Clerklands junction, because of an accident and a fallen tree. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: A68 Scottish Borders both ways

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A68 Scottish Borders both ways severe disruption, from A699 to A698.

A68 Scottish Borders - A68 closed in both directions from the A699 junction in St Boswells to the A698 junction in Bonjedward, because of a fallen tree. Traffic is coping well.

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Blaze at industrial unit in Walkerburn
A fire at an industrial unit in the Borders closes a nearby main road.

Severe disruption: A72 Scottish Borders both ways

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A72 Scottish Borders both ways severe disruption, between B709 Leithen Road and A707.

A72 Scottish Borders - A72 Cliff Road closed and it's slow in both directions between the B709 Leithen Road junction in Innerleithen and the A707 junction in Caddonfoot, because of a fire at a building.

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Severe disruption: A68 Scottish Borders both ways

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A68 Scottish Borders both ways severe disruption, between A6088 and A68.

A68 Scottish Borders - A68 blocked between Carter Bar in Huntford and Newcastleton Turn Off in Hundalee, because of snow.

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Severe disruption: A68 Northumberland both ways

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A68 Northumberland both ways severe disruption, near Byrness.

A68 Northumberland - A68 in Byrness blocked near the Byrness junction, because of snow and a jackknifed lorry.

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Severe disruption: A68 Scottish Borders both ways

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A68 Scottish Borders both ways severe disruption, at Lilliardsedge Holiday Park.

A68 Scottish Borders - A68 in Ancrum blocked and it's heavy at the Lilliardsedge Holiday Park junction, because of a fallen tree.

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