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KSFY NEWS REPORTED 09.12.19: Tow trucks are attempting to pull cars out of the water here in Mitchell (off South Main). A good reminder how deep water can get on the road and why you should not try driving through it.

 

 

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Wait till the water recedes, there is absolutely no reason to enter the water. The vehicles are already a total loss and what little fluids may leak with not be enough to contaminate the environment. The tow truck you see in this image may not be effected by this action tomorrow or next week. But it will show signs of failure within a month or two. unless the fluids are changed immediately.

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In the world of water hydrology, as little of 6-inches of rushing water has the power to move an automobile. Once that 6-inches reaches the lower portion of a door's seam, water that enters the vehicle's cab adds to its sinkability. If you go back to the 1970 El Nino storms in California's history, more than one full-sized RV was washed down the LA River Basin when vehicle drivers attempted to cross flowing roadways. As much as two-feet of standing can float a semi and trailer.  Not to mention, you would never see that the roadway under you has been completely washed out or there's a giant sink hole. I'mm adding a YouTube link of a semi truck and trailer that's taken on a riverboat like quality.   R. 

 

 

 

 


Randall C. Resch

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I will only go in as far as the very bottom of my wheel and ONLY if I can see whats under the water. if it is murky then it will get winched from dry ground or get left there till the water recedes. There is no exceptions. I remember years back the horror my father went through when he lost a truck to water damage after going about hub deep to recover a police car. Insurance basically told him to go fly a kite and they wouldnt cover a penny of the damages. If i remember right, ( I was like 12-13 ) the transmission and both front and rear differentials took on water.


There are Tow Truck Drivers, Then There is Towing and Recovery operators...... Which one are you??🤨

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Positively No Tow Trucks in High Water. Even cringe taking a truck through a low spot with a few inches of standing water. Policy is certainly no moving water regardless of depth, just not worth it.

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