Drivers rescued as cars get stuck in downpour

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A MAN was rescued after becoming trapped in his electric car which was stuck in deep water in a ford.

Firefighters were called to the incident on Purbrook Heath Road, on Portsdown Hill, near Purbrook, at 11.48am yesterday. The man could not get out of the car before firefighters arrived because the electrics had blown.

Later, fire crews from Fareham and Droxford were called to rescue two people from a car stuck in floodwater on Portchester Lane, in Southwick.

At 2.24pm they found the vehicle partially submerged and two people, one registered disabled and one elderly, trapped inside.

They pushed the car clear of the deep water and the two people were treated for shock and cold. The same crews then also had to help two other people in a car stuck in nearby Boarhunt Road.

, just half a mile from the previous incident, at 3.45pm

Mick Crennell, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s area manager for Community Safety, said: ‘This incident highlights the dangers of attempting to drive through deep water.

‘And it gives an indication of how quickly the situation can change and become life threatening.’