A STAFFORD man has asked people to park their criticism of the town’s traffic wardens after they leapt into action this week to help car-owners rescue their vehicle from a flooded town centre car park.
Lou Johnson said after the River Sow, swollen by melting snow, burst its banks on Monday afternoon and flooded Doxey long-stay car park near Sainsbury’s with nearly a foot of water, the town’s parking officers were quick to provide assistance to drivers stranded from their cars.
“Totally surprised by the sudden rise in water levels I returned to the car park at 5.30 pm to see my car surrounded by water just lapping the underside of the doors,” said Mr Johnson. “I had already made my mind up to take off my shoes and socks and paddle the hundred yards or so to the rescue my car when I realised that two wardens were on hand to help with the rescue.
“One warden only had a normal pair of boots but had obviously been paddling despite his inadequate footwear.
“Luckily the other had wellington boots and was soon making rapid progress through the swirling waters to rescue my car.”
Mr Johnson said within a few minute his car was back on dry land and he was making his way home again.
“Thanks must be given to the wardens present who despite the worsening conditions were on hand to help stranded motorists,” he said. “Well done to all concerned.”