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Thread: Now I know what they mean by flash flooding!

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    Had some pretty bad storms come through here this morning lots of rain, thunder, and lightning! woke up around 5 o'clock just from the thunder and around 6 I heard my husband get up and start to get dressed... which I thought was weird because he didn't work until later that morning. Then I heard him go outside (we live in an apartment complex) and start his truck. So then I got up, looked outside and the parking lot was completely flooded!

    I had my husband move my car because the water was almost over the tires! Everything is dry now...besides the inside of my car. I definitely know what they mean by a flash flood now!

    Now we get to look forward to the HOT weather we will have all weekend and week in the upper 90s with the humidity it will feel closer to 110. Ah...gotta love Minnesota!

    My car is the 3rd one in!
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    WOWZA! From an adjacent lake? Or is the parking lot just concave?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    WOWZA! From an adjacent lake?
    Nope! Just from a lot of rain in a short amount of time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsMoe4487
    Nope! Just from a lot of rain in a short amount of time!
    WOW again! You're lucky the car started.

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    yikes! It looks like some the buildings flooded too??

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    Whereabouts in Minnesota?

    We had a great lightning and thunder show this morning (between about 4 am and 6 am

    (Southeast of St. Paul MN)

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    Quote Originally Posted by qbquilts
    yikes! It looks like some the buildings flooded too??
    From our apartment..on the 3rd floor... it didn't look like the water got close enough to the buildings to cause any damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Whereabouts in Minnesota?

    We had a great lightning and thunder show this morning (between about 4 am and 6 am

    (Southeast of St. Paul MN)
    Yeah you saw it too...same time frame! We're near northeast Minneapolis

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    OMG..that's a Lot of water!!!!

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    Wow! That's incredible. Glad you and your cars are OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by MrsMoe4487
    Nope! Just from a lot of rain in a short amount of time!
    WOW again! You're lucky the car started.
    If the water isn't hitting your motor, you're generally ok in flood condition. The problem is that roads, driveways, etc. may have dips that suddenly put your engine partially underwater. If the water is up to your motor, starting the car could draw the water into the engine and destroy it.

    How do I know? I did it once. Thought I had enough clearance to go the last 50 feet home to my driveway. The car died, my husband, son and I pushed it the rest of the way home. DH did an immediate drain of all fluids in the engine - yes, there was water in the oil - and replaced them with "fresh" fluids. That saved the engine. DH said it could have gone either way, that we got very lucky.

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    Wish you could send some rain my way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueangel
    Wish you could send some rain my way.
    Indiana is a little dry too!! Glad you came out of the flash flood unscathed!

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    WOW! Glad you are ok!

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    In my area flash flooding is common. Also, more people are killed by flash flooding than any weather condition! Beware of wading thru those waters.

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    I am so happy to hear that you didn't suffer any damages!
    That is a LOT of water :(

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    It is great that your vehicles didn't suffer any damage. Now you know you don't want to park there if it is raining, I guess.

    Glad you were safe.

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    I'm glad your car started. Take care and stay safe!

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    I'm north of the cities, didn't get that much rain. WOW!

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    When Norfolk flood just before Thanksgiving, 2 years ago. My son's Dakota truck drown. So he replace it with a new Silverato with the biggest tires he could find. To me they look like something that should be on a semi and added 11 inches of lift. Now I need a ladder to get in the truck. I told him now with those tires he will probably float into the bay if he can not get above a flood with all that lift.
    The Navy guys always has a better Idea.

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    Wow so happy to here you and hubby are ok and that your cars are not damaged completely! I guess we were lucky up here in Lindstrom, (Chisago county) We did get about an inch but not that much! My youngests Son told me him and his girlfriend had to get off of 694 and take another route.And more localized flooding suppose to be upon us again later today!

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    My sister in Little Canada had 6 inches of rain in the 24 hour period; Fri am to Sat pm...

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    I'm 35 miles SW of Minneapolis. It is so hot today,it's like an oven out there!! It will be this way until Thurs.

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    wow im glad your ok but i sure wish we had some water here
    were so dry it isnt funny it may come down to water rations if it gets much worse. its also soooo hot its been like 110 degrees for like 40 days now.
    carla

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    Check and see if there is a platic lining between the carpet and the padding. I got mine soaked one time and had the worst mildew til I fould out about the plastic keeping the padding from getting any air.

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