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Flash Floods Ain’t No Joke [PHOTOS]

The above video is 49th and Louise a few hours after I got stuck in the flash flood.  It wasn’t quite this bad when I had my run in with mother nature, but you get the idea.

The pictures below are kind of shaky, but they were taken from my car when my friends and I were floating.  I’d like to thank Ciara for these photos because in the moment I wasn’t thinking, “Oh, this would be a good blog post.  I should take some pictures.”  I was thinking. “OH MY GOSH!! OH MY GOSH!! OH MY GOSH!!!”

Saturday night some friends and I were on our way to meet up with some other friends to have a drink.  It had been raining, but we didn’t think too much of it.  The rain was pretty heavy so visibility wasn’t great, but I didn’t think it would be a big deal.  Just drive carefully.  We are cruising along and then all of a sudden at 49th and Louise I drive into a lake that formed in the intersection.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “What kind of idiot doesn’t see a huge body of water like that?”  This idiot.  I must say I was one of you.  When I would see stories on TV of cars stuck in water or pictures I would think, “How do you even do that?”  Well, now I know.  Combine heavy rain, darkness, a low lying intersection, and you have a recipe for disaster.

My friends and I floated for awhile in my car.  Eventually some good samaritans came along and pushed us to safety.  I tried to get their names or offer them money or a fruit basket as a thank you, but they didn’t want anything.  They were helping a lot of people, like me, who drove into this impromptu lake.

What was supposed to be a relatively fun night out turned into a very long ordeal.  My poor car wouldn’t start and I had to try to figure out what to do with it on a holiday weekend.  Then our ride was having trouble getting to us because a lot of intersections were flooded.  When she did finally get close, we had to wade through some of the shallower water to get to her. What a mess.

I must thank my friends Ciara and Tracie for keeping me calm during the whole thing.  If I was by myself I really would have freaked out.  I would like to thank Arika for saving us from the side of the road.  Most importantly, I would like to thank those strangers that were wading through the knee high water to help me and other unfortunate souls that drove into danger.  I am forever grateful.

I will never again take Flash Flood warnings for granted.  That ain’t no joke.

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