Saturday, May 14, 2011

Why you shouldn't drive through floodwater!

This video clip is a perfect illustration of why we're constantly warned not to drive through floodwaters. You can't see what's ahead of you beneath the water . . . as this motorcycle rider found out the hard way!

Fortunately, he doesn't seem to have suffered injury to anything except his pride . . . and perhaps his motorcycle. I think he was very lucky. What if it had been a bigger hole?



DaddyBear said...

When we had street flooding a couple Augusts ago due to an intense rainstorm, the storm drains were so full that the water pressure had dislodged some manholes.

I and a group of other people waiting to get a chance to turn around at one particularly flooded intersection near the university had to make a mad dash in to 3 foot deep water to pull a young man who tried to wade through out of a partially open manhole. The water running into the hole was strong enough to keep him from pulling himself free, and the water around it was deep enough that if he didn't fight to stay above it, he would be drowned. Luckily all he got was a scraped shin and a belly full of rainwater and street grime.

perlhaqr said...


Anonymous said...

I was waiting out a thunder storm at work one time, watching the local creek flood over. It was quitting time and some people were in a hurry to get home. I watched several vehicles come down the street, see the flooding creek crossing the road and turn back.
Then came a guy in a big 4x4 lifted pickup. He powered right through. the gal in the Lincoln that followed him into the stream wasn't so lucky. She drove into the middle, and where it didn't cross to far up the tires on the truck, on her car it went up to the windows. Her car stalled. Finally she opened the door and got out. I will never understand why she didn't just open a window and crawl out.