Warning to drivers after heavy rainfall closes county fords

Fords across Worcester have been closed following heavy rainfall <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
Fords across Worcester have been closed following heavy rainfall (Image: Newsquest)

Fords across the county have been closed following heavy rainfall.

Worcestershire County Council's highways and travel team has urged people not to attempt to cross fords.

This comes following heavy rainfall in the area, which has left water levels much higher than usual.

Shell Ford in Earl's Common near Droitwich and Walcot Ford in Drakes Broughton have both been closed.

Last month, two vehicles ended up submerged in the Drakes Broughton ford following flash floods.

A van became the second vehicle of the day, October 26, to end up in the water after somebody removed a 'road closed' sign.

READ MORE: Van stranded in flooded ford after road closed signs intentionally removed

The incident prompted the county council to send out a warning.

A spokesperson from the highways and travel team said: "Despite our warnings and the road being closed, barriers have today been moved and another vehicle has ended up stranded in Walcot Ford, Drakes Broughton.

"Road closed signs are there for a reason - do not move or drive past signs and risk your life and others!"

Worcester News: Walcot Ford
Worcester News: Walcot Ford

Walcot Ford (Image: Newsquest)

The ford has proved fatal in the past.

In June 2007, 68-year-old Eric Dickinson was killed when his car was swept away by floodwaters at Walcot Ford.

He was described as a man who always gave his time to other people, working as a county court judge for 23 years and a solicitor with Harrison Clark.

READ MORE: Judge killed in the floods gave time to other people

Mr Dickinson's body was found, along with his car, under four-and-a-half metres of water downstream of the swollen ford.

His widow reported him missing after he called her from his mobile phone to tell her he was being dragged off the road by the water.

A rescue team that included local police officers, search dogs, a police helicopter and South Wales Police underwater diving team temporarily stopped searching for Mr Dickinson and his Volvo V70 estate that evening but began again at 8am the following day.