Monday's Flooding Damaging to Cars

Memorial Day rain around Lubbock quickly flooded intersections, but some cars drove through anyway.
By Michaela MacDonald
mmacdonald@klbk13.tv

LUBBOCK, TX -- Flooding was a major issue on Lubbock roadways on Monday, but that did not stop many drivers from trying to get through the water. Some made it through, others were not as lucky and had to be towed.

Ruben Portillo with Christian Brothers Automotive says driving through standing water is not only dangerous to you, it can seriously damage your engine.

"The engine is sucking in fresh air all the time constantly. When the air intake gets down far enough into the water, its  just like a vaccuum cleaner sucking in pure water, and it will stop the engine from turning at that point," said Portillo.

The owner of Red Raider Wrecker, Scott Bickel, estimates they towed 63 cars Monday.

"Well, there was quite a few people that got out in the storm and they drove through standing water that they shouldn't have drove through, their cars would stall out and require a tow," said Bickel. 

Both recommend turning around and avoidng driving through water if at all possible.

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