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Flash flooding strands drivers in Memphis

Cars stranded on Poplar and International. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Cars stranded on Poplar and International. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Trash dumpster swept into road. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Trash dumpster swept into road. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Trash dumpster swept into road. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Trash dumpster swept into road. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
(WMC) - Flash flooding claimed several cars Sunday morning in Memphis.

Heavy rain came down on already soaked streets causing some areas to quickly take on water.

Drivers caught in the middle of it all could do nothing but escape their cars and wait for help.

"I was the first to hit three, maybe three-and-a-half feet of water. The car hit, as soon as it hit, it shut off, started floating, and it put me against the curb. After me, six more cars hit and got stranded." Sean Terranova said.

At the intersection of Poplar Avenue and White Station Road, a large trash dumpster went for a swim. Flood water picked up the bin and slid it down White Station Road.

Memphis police say they have responded to several crashes Sunday morning. The department suggests all citizens avoid traveling, but if you cannot be sure to drive at a safe speed.

Here is some advice regarding how to handle flash flooding:

1. Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.

2. Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out road ahead, turn around. Find another route to your destination.

3. If there is no other route, get to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside.

4. Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don't try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.

5. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.

6. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.

7. One foot of water will float almost many vehicles.

8. Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles — including SUVs and pick-ups.

(Source: The Weather Channel)
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