Monday's record rainfall paralyzed Lake Charles for most of the day. We saw streets in the city that never flood filled to thigh-high levels. Hurricane Laura had already disabled the city's infrastructure and decimated the workforce population due to 40-70% of housing being severely damaged or demolished in the storm.

Lake Charles has bad drainage. Period. However, the leftover hurricane debris compounded the problem and this city flooded like never before. That said, despite warnings and pleas to residents not to drive through floodwater, people still do it. Time and again, they wind up being sorry and flooding out their vehicles.

Abandoned vehicles scattered across the city, in the middle and alongside roads after drivers stalled out are evidence that people don't understand how easy it is for engines to take on water or the damage that occurs once an engine sucks in water.

Watch the video below and find out why it's just plan dumb to drive through floodwater.

Pass this post on to people you know. This video provides an excellent demonstration of the type of damage that occurs when driving in floodwater. Save your vehicle from being destroyed and save yourself a ton of money. Another reason never to drive through floodwater is that you can lose direction and wind up off the roadway. You can drown or be swept away in a flash flood because the roadway has washed away.

So, please, turn around and don't drown the next time you come across a flooded roadway.

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