Make sure to turn around and don’t drown

Flash floods happen suddenly and without warning

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a mistake made by many drivers. Instead of turning around, you try to drive straight through a flooded street. If you do that, you may not be going anywhere fast.

Just ask Grace Groddard, a resident of Agawam who got caught during a storm. She said, “You just feel stranded and I called to get help and someone comes to help you but it can cause damage to your car obviously.”

If the water level is so high it touches the bottom edge of your car door, water can get into the compartment of your engine and cause it to stall.

Sasha Nunez stays away from flooded roads to avoid damaging her car. She said, “I know that your car can break down, due to the water getting into your engine.”

Instead, drivers should take an alternate route, like Joan Flanagan of West Springfield does. “I avoid them,” she said. “If I see a flood in the distance I will back up and go another way.”

You should always drive carefully because you never know how deep a puddle is. Just a few inches could cause a driver to lose control of their car and a foot of water could be enough to float your car.

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