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.