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5/14/08- Smith County

Treacherous Rains Trap Some Drivers In Flooded Roads

Heavy rain Wednesday morning created a very messy commute, causing quite a few accidents. KLTV 7's Courtney Lane was out in flooded roads Wednesday and shows how some drivers were trapped in their cars by the rising water.

As the rain pounds down, firefighters rescue drivers stalled in flooded roads. Electricians restore power, and deputies block washed-out areas to keep others from getting stuck in roads that now look like rivers.

"It doesn't take but just a couple inches of water to take your car downstream and before you know it, your car is upside down and under water," said Lindale Firefighter Jay Brooks. 

In Lindale Wednesday morning, a man drove right into that situation.

"Another car was able to pass through the water in front of him and so he thought he could do it," said Brooks.  "He got water in the engine block and it killed the engine."

Nearby on I-20, a young Gilmer woman hydroplaned off the interstate, hitting a diesel truck.

"I swerved into that guy's truck and then I tried to get away from him and my car like rotated and hit that little wall on the other side and for some reason, I ended up here," said Rachel Felip of Gilmer. 

Finally, early Wednesday afternoon, came a much needed break from the treacherous rain. But more may be on the way, so firefighters have a word of caution.

"If you can't see the lines turn around, don't drown," said Brooks. "I know it's a cliche, but at the same time you don't want to die. You do not want to die."

"You could stall out and be washed out, possibly drown," said Chief Charles Wilson with the Red Springs Volunteer Fire Department. 

So the next time you come upon a flooded road, find another route and slow down. Those who were stuck Wednesday morning will tell you, it's not worth risking your life or ruining your car.

Courtney Lane, Reporting

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