Pair row down flooded Stevenage street after overnight storm

The pair rowed to safety after an eventful night. Credit: Daniel Roberts

The pair rowed to safety after an eventful night. Credit: Daniel Roberts - Credit: Archant

Most of us were probably safely at home when the thunder and lightning started last night.

The floods are still affecting services and roads around the town.

The floods are still affecting services and roads around the town. - Credit: Archant

That can’t be said for two men in Stevenage who ended up rowing down a flooded street.

Daniel Roberts went to rescue his apprentice Sam Silmon after the water became so deep he couldn’t leave the Tesco store in London Road.

But with the water level so high, the pair decided to make the most of a bad situation and get out their dingy.

Daniel said: “I’ve never rowed down a road before. It was a one-off and we had to do it.”

Daniel and Sam rowed down the flooded street. Credit: Daniel Roberts

Daniel and Sam rowed down the flooded street. Credit: Daniel Roberts - Credit: Archant


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The 27-year-old got the call from Sam to say he’d been stranded in the car park at about 2am.

Sam was leaving Stevenage and pulled into the store’s car park because the rest of the road was flooded. As the torrential rain continued, the water level rose and cut him off completely.

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Daniel got in his Mitsubishi Shogun and decided to try and rescue his apprentice – who works at his Advanced Audio Visual store in Knebworth.

He said: “The water was between four and five feet deep. It was up to the bonnet of my car. We saw a guy in waders and the water was up to his waist.

“We also saw that some of the houses were flooded in Old Knebworth Lane and some of the surrounding streets.”

• If you’ve been affected or have pictures of the flooding give the Comet’s news desk a call on 01438 866200 or email news@thecomet.net.

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