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Barwick Ford flood in Hertfordshire leaves van driver stranded

Van driver stuck in flooded Barwick Ford in Hertfordshire
Image caption The driver managed to get out of his van, but became stuck in the water, police said

A van driver had to be rescued from a flooded ford after becoming stuck while attempting to drive through it.

The driver, from Stevenage, attempted to drive through 2ft 6in (75cm) of flood water at Barwick Ford, near Ware, Herts, but was forced to leave his van.

A member of the public called Hertfordshire Police at 12:36 GMT after he became stranded in the "fast flowing" water, the force said.

Police said he was rescued and taken home. He received no injuries.

The road has since been closed. The vehicle will not be recovered until the flooding dies down, police said.

They have issued a warning to drivers to not attempt to drive through any flowing water.

Flood alerts have been issued in the county by the Environment Agency around the River Colne, between Hatfield and London Colney, and the River Ash, between Bishops Stortford and Hertford.

Alerts are also in place in the north of Hertfordshire around the River Cam.

The Environment Agency also issued a flood warning the Newport Pagnell area along the Great Ouse near to North Bridge and Woad Farm in Buckinghamshire.

People are advised to check its website for updates.

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