FLOODS: Ashley to the rescue

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:47 15 June 2010

A COLYFORD man has slammed police for failing to put signs up warning drivers of severe flooding.

A COLYFORD man has slammed police for failing to put signs up warning drivers of severe flooding.Good Samaritan Ashley Stephens, of Swan Hill, helped divert traffic and rescue stricken drivers from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday (December 13).Despite calling police, he said it took them four hours to arrive on the scene - and they still would not put up signs alerting drivers to the dangers.Police have stressed they can't be everywhere at once and that the highways authority is responsible for roads.Several cars were described as 'write-offs' following water damage, which Mr Stephens believes could have been avoided.Mr Stephens, who helped to pull out two cars and two vans which were stuck, said: "I phoned the police straight away but was told they were busy. "When they arrived they drew a chalk line and said if the water went a metre above it they would put signs out. But how would they know how much it went above if it was under water? I don't think they thought it out very well."The water was the deepest I had seen it in a while. It's a major road between Dorset and Devon. People's property got damaged and no one did anything about it."It makes me a bit disappointed. If there were signs up it could have been averted. But they put the signs up when they were all gone."Among the people Mr Stephens helped were an elderly couple from Seaton, who he said were very cold and shaken up. The couple, who did not wish to be named, told the Herald they were very grateful for his help.Mr Stephen's said he had considered joining the police previously, but in another area.


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