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Flash flood car horror

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

SUBMERGED . . .The top of Sue Carter’s Citroen which was swept away in flood water (via Philip Brundrett on Twitter)

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A BARLASTON grandmother who was swept into a flash flood near Stone said her heroic rescuer risked his life to save hers.

Sue Carter, of Meadow Road, was trapped in her Citroen C1 as water surged to chest height. She was unable to open her door or windows, after a torrent dragged the vehicle from the A34 to Meaford Road.

The terrified care worker managed to contact her husband Leigh on her phone, who set out to find her, but the first person to come to her aid was a prison officer from Trentham, on his way to Bristol.

Mrs Carter, who works for Allied Healthcare, told the Newsletter she was on her way to work at 6.30am on Sunday when she was swept away.

There were no barriers or warning signs to alert motorists to the water, she added, and she was later told that the road had been clear of water just 30 minutes before.

“The first wave of water hit the car and went over, so I couldn’t see anything. When the window was clear I was floating all the way down Meaford Road and round the corner.

“I can’t swim and I was screaming. They say your life flashes before your eyes and it did.

“But as I was on the phone to the emergency services a man appeared at my passen- ger side and got me out just as my husband arrived.

“That gentleman is my hero. He saved me without a thought for his own life there could well have been three lives lost that day.”

Just minutes after the Carters and the unnamed rescuer made their way to safety, and fire crews had arrived, the water had risen to the roof of the car.

Mrs Carter was checked over by medics at the scene but did not require hospital treatment. However she said she had suffered flashbacks since her ordeal and did not want to travel down Meaford Road again.

Another motorist’s car was trapped in the waters that morning and police quickly installed barriers to prevent further vehicles getting trapped in waters up to five feet deep.

Mrs Carter’s Citroen was still submerged on Tuesday afternoon and Meaford Road remained closed to traffic.

The A34 at Meaford was closed for two days while the water was pumped away.

This weekend’s incident is just the latest in a series of deluges in the area over the past six months.

Barlaston Parish Councillor John Russell said problems arose after a culvert in the area was narrowed during a housing development 10 years ago, but the past few months had seen the worst flooding.

“I have complained about it to county councillor Ian Parry before - I think the council should have done a much better job about it,” he added.

Last month engineers built an emergency “dam” to stop around one million gallons of water from overwhelming the A34 at Meaford.

A council spokeswoman said the council was in talks with a landowner with a view to preventing future flooding problems. 

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