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Offline ndd

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Desperate moments fast rising water......,
« on: 08:23:38 AM / 28-Jun-17 »
Was visiting relatives at Midland Michigan.  Upon arrival to there place a creek they had out back was a little higher than I have seen before but not overflowing banks. This creek is approximately 4 feet lower than rest of property.  Had great time grilled foods bonfire family.  Next morning property surrounded by water!!!!!!  So rather than wait out made a run of it.  Water was on the road that was not there just yesturday! Well driving slowly I proceeded.  Came to a point clutch seemed to be slipping slight misfire.  Water was pouring over the sills into my beloved s12.  At this point I shut off engine. Got out of car dukes of hazard style and pushed car about two blocks to higher ground. Once on dry land used a pop can to bail water out of car. After bailing water for awhile. I got in car put in bitching Betty responded by letting me know key is in ignition. I then continued my trip to Alpena mi.  Got to another family members place and drained diff and trans---which was a waste fluid was ok. Called my family in Midland mi later that day water rose another 5 inches. I'm glad I got out when I did. Now I'm back home. The moral of story is never underestimate how quickly water rises. Best wishes to all S-12 owners

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Offline cls12vg30

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Re: Desperate moments fast rising water......,
« Reply #1 on: 10:41:55 AM / 28-Jun-17 »
Reminds me of a situation I was in years ago in a mall parking deck in Raleigh, NC.  I was having dinner with family at a Japanese steak house when one of the employees came in and announced that the parking deck was flooding due to a strong thunderstorm that had moved into the area.  I ran out to see 2-3 feet of water in the bottom level of the parking deck and several cars already partially submerged.  One young kid was thighs-deep in this nasty water trying to push his old Pulsar, the entire front end of which was already underwater.  He was begging for help but it was obviously too late for that car.  I felt bad for him.

My 88 SE was parked on the slanted section leading from the 1st to the 2nd level and the water was edging up the ramp towards it.  In order to get to the car without wading through the water I sprinted to a stairwell that was still dry, ran up to the 2nd level, then came back down to the car.  By this time water was lapping at the wheels on the low side.  I moved the car to the top level of the ramp, and returned to dinner.  I later discovered that this mall has chronic flooding problems.

Glad your S12 didn't get completely flooded.
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Offline Cajun1guy

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Re: Desperate moments fast rising water......,
« Reply #2 on: 08:16:46 PM / 28-Jun-17 »
Close call! Glad you made it out of there. We do have flood waters down our way in Louisiana on occasion, I run through water deeper than I should have one time on my way to work, and by the time I turned around to go back home it was a few inches higher! Scary stuff, got lucky with only slipping clutch. Never again!