Flooded streets damage vehicles

Flooded streets damage vehicles
Published: Jul. 31, 2013 at 3:43 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2013 at 4:08 AM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Business has been flooding in for a Summerville car repair shop after Monday night's rising waters in Summerville, Ladson, and parts of North Charleston.

Kenny Morrison tried to save a Cadillac that had been brought into his shop after it was damaged from driving on a flooded road in Summerville.

"It has locked the engine up," said Kenneth Morrison, owner of Morrison Automotive, referring to water.

Morrison says the damage happened after the car drove over a deep puddle.

"Because you have an engine sucking the air in and if you have water it's going to suck the water in," said Morrison.

If water gets in an engine, it can ruin it. It's going to cost the owner of the Cadillac about $6,000 dollars to fix the car, one of several in the repair shop because of flood damage from Monday's rain.

"Naturally, a small vehicle that is low to the ground is going to be a lot more susceptible than a small pickup truck," said Morrison.

To avoid flooding your engine he recommends taking the time to drive around the water or even finding a new route.

"If you go through the water and you get stuck, you are going to be there a whole lot longer than 45 minutes to an hour," said Morrison.

That's what folks found out Monday.

If you have no other choice but to go through the high waters, slow down. You could save your engine, and save you tons of cash.

"Very very slow like a slight crawl, I would say maybe around three or four miles per hour," said Morrison.

Although experts say puddles are more likely to damage cars, Morrison said he had a jeep on the way into the shop, also damaged from driving down a flooded street. To be safe, any vehicle should avoid driving through large amounts of water.

You should check with your insurance provider to find out if your auto insurance coverage will protect you if your vehicle ends up on a flooded street.