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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Drive on a Flooded Street

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Four Reasons Why You Should Keep Away From A Flooded Street

Heavy rainfall can cause streets in Mcpherson, KS, to quickly fill with water and make it dangerous for you to drive your vehicle. While you may want to get home as soon as possible and risk driving through water, here are four reasons why you should keep away from a flooded street.

1. You Don’t Know the Depth of the Water
According to the US National Weather Service, most cars can be carried away by just one foot of rushing water, and SUVs and trucks can be swept away by two feet of water. You don’t want to take a chance and drive into water that’s deeper than you think.

2. Your Vehicle Could Float Away
Most drivers know about the dangers of hydroplaning on just an inch or two of water, but once the water level reaches about halfway up your tires, your car may start to float. When your tires leave the ground, you can no longer control where your car goes on flooded roads. You may be swept into a tree or even out to a larger body of water.

3. You Don’t Know What’s Underneath the Water
A flooded street can hide many issues. Lots of water on a road can lead to sinkholes or other dangers. If there are strong winds, you may come across downed power lines or obstacles such as fallen limbs.

4. You Could Damage Your Vehicle
Rising water can get into cars and trucks through any area that’s not sealed. Engines can pull in water just as easily as air. Water can also get into upholstery and other soft surfaces that you’ll have to repair or replace. Most modern vehicles have lots of electronics – from airbags to sound systems – that can be damaged with just a little bit of water.
Sites such as Weather.com have travel tips for driving in wet weather. If your home experiences water damage from a flooded street or weather event, get in touch with a licensed storm damage specialist for cleanup and restoration services.

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