Car gets stuck in Old Basing flood

The BMW in flood water in Milkingpen Lane

The BMW in flood water in Milkingpen Lane

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HEAVY rain has flooded roads in and around Basingstoke today – as a motorist found out the hard way.

This picture, submitted by Gazette reader Tony Tuck, shows a BMW car stuck in flood water this afternoon under the railway bridge in Milkingpen Lane, Old Basing.

The road has now been closed to allow the water to be drained.

Mr Tuck said it was the third time since Christmas that a car has been abandoned in floodwater under the bridge.

Rain overnight and during the day has left many roads in the borough with flooded areas, including in Pinkerton Road, South Ham, Monk Sherborne Road, Monk Sherborne and Pelton Road, Houndmills.

A flood alert remains in place for streams to the north of the borough, including Bishopswood Stream in Tadley and the River Enborne at Aldermaston.

The Environment Agency has also issued a flood alert for the River Whitewater, by North Warnborough and Hook, and the River Hart, by Hartley Wintney, although it said no property flooding is expected.

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6:14pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Chocolatebar says...

I live nearby and there are NO signs up. Yes obviously you can see there is water but that doesn't stop people trying. If there were actual warning signs then people would do it.
I live nearby and there are NO signs up. Yes obviously you can see there is water but that doesn't stop people trying. If there were actual warning signs then people would do it. Chocolatebar
  • Score: -5

11:25am Sun 5 Jan 14

Marina Morris says...

Do you really think there are enough signs in the world (and staff to place them!) for one to be put out at every flood? Don't make excuses for the morons who don't think for themselves.
Do you really think there are enough signs in the world (and staff to place them!) for one to be put out at every flood? Don't make excuses for the morons who don't think for themselves. Marina Morris
  • Score: 25

4:17pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Mighty Antar says...

I wonder if the drivers insurance company will pay out?
I wonder if the drivers insurance company will pay out? Mighty Antar
  • Score: 1

6:44pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Chocolatebar says...

Thinking a bit to far outside the box marina????

That's what councils are for, they have departments for jobs like this. The bridge has known to flood all the time so obviously the council know about it because they're the ones pumping it out everytime. So don't act like the council are clueless
Thinking a bit to far outside the box marina???? That's what councils are for, they have departments for jobs like this. The bridge has known to flood all the time so obviously the council know about it because they're the ones pumping it out everytime. So don't act like the council are clueless Chocolatebar
  • Score: -18

7:56pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Sensory says...

Do you think a mere warning sign would have made a BMW driver turn around? Firstly they are not required to follow any road laws anyway, and secondly they would also have to take their eyes off their mobiles to actually see the sign in the first place.
Do you think a mere warning sign would have made a BMW driver turn around? Firstly they are not required to follow any road laws anyway, and secondly they would also have to take their eyes off their mobiles to actually see the sign in the first place. Sensory
  • Score: 24

12:36pm Mon 6 Jan 14

jonone says...

Mighty Antar wrote:
I wonder if the drivers insurance company will pay out?
Not if they can prove a lack of care and attention by the driver. Not difficult as it was a BMW....
[quote][p][bold]Mighty Antar[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the drivers insurance company will pay out?[/p][/quote]Not if they can prove a lack of care and attention by the driver. Not difficult as it was a BMW.... jonone
  • Score: 0

12:33pm Wed 8 Jan 14

robertspet8 says...

Marina Morris wrote:
Do you really think there are enough signs in the world (and staff to place them!) for one to be put out at every flood? Don't make excuses for the morons who don't think for themselves.
I agree Marina. Anyway there is already far too much street furniture, much of which is not read or ignored. No point spending time and money putting up more signs to be ignored, especially for an occasional hazard such as this is. The driver knew that we had had rain of close to biblical proportions - what made them think, as they reached the steep approach to the bridge, that they could get through?
A few years ago we had a similar flood outside our office and a Mercedes did the same thing - it cost the driver a fortune.
[quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: Do you really think there are enough signs in the world (and staff to place them!) for one to be put out at every flood? Don't make excuses for the morons who don't think for themselves.[/p][/quote]I agree Marina. Anyway there is already far too much street furniture, much of which is not read or ignored. No point spending time and money putting up more signs to be ignored, especially for an occasional hazard such as this is. The driver knew that we had had rain of close to biblical proportions - what made them think, as they reached the steep approach to the bridge, that they could get through? A few years ago we had a similar flood outside our office and a Mercedes did the same thing - it cost the driver a fortune. robertspet8
  • Score: 8

1:04pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Buster Preciation says...

Marina Morris wrote:
Do you really think there are enough signs in the world (and staff to place them!) for one to be put out at every flood? Don't make excuses for the morons who don't think for themselves.
Very true. There are far too many signs catering for idiots who don't bother reading them anyway. And besides 9 times out of 10 that you see a red triangle warning of a temporary flood it's in august because someone forgot to remove it in march.
[quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: Do you really think there are enough signs in the world (and staff to place them!) for one to be put out at every flood? Don't make excuses for the morons who don't think for themselves.[/p][/quote]Very true. There are far too many signs catering for idiots who don't bother reading them anyway. And besides 9 times out of 10 that you see a red triangle warning of a temporary flood it's in august because someone forgot to remove it in march. Buster Preciation
  • Score: 8

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