Flooding woes for several local drivers


Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 --- 10:25pm

Drive by the intersection of University Avenue and Midvale Boulevard and you won't notice much. But, earlier Thursday evening, the area looked more like a lake than a bunch of roads.

"The water was going in the wrong direction. It was shooting out of the manhole covers” says Bruce Edmonson, who was riding his bike in that area at the time roads started flooding.

"I started to open the door and then it all came in” says Kristin Yates, who was among the half dozen drivers who got stuck in the floodwater. Yates spent the evening trying to dry out her car. "I just was coming up to University Avenue. The water was cresting. We didn't have anywhere to go. I tried to turn off and got myself in worse shape” Yates tells NBC 15.

Meanwhile, police and firefighters were on hand to help folks like Anika Sigel, whose situation was much worse.

"I was coming out of the Noodles and Company parking lot and I turned onto University Avenue and I noticed the water level was rising, so I turned into the Walgreens area and tried to pull over and the car started filling with water, so I had to push the door open” says Sigel. "I didn't know how much it was going to fill up. I thought I might drown or something."

It came and went quickly, but the aftermath of the flooding is still evident. On the grass you'll find pieces of vehicles. In the road, you'll find someone's license plate. And in Sigel's car you'll find half a foot of water in both the front and back seats.

A reminder to drivers that just six inches of water will reach the bottom of most cars. This depth can cause loss of control or possible stalling.


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