Never underestimate the power of hydraulic pressure. We typically think of water as a patient force that quietly sculpts the landscape of our planet over the course of eons, but under the right circumstances, the compound can exert violent force. Take the video after the jump, for example. In it, the water in a Montreal sewer is pressurized by extensive rain until it finds a suitable exit. In this case, that exit is a manhole cover on an otherwise quiet side street. The storm runoff causes the sewer to geyser out of the manhole, pushing everything in its path out of the way.

In this case, that means that one very unfortunate Ford Focus suffered Mother Nature's Canadian wrath. At first, the tired four-door endures nothing worse than a playful goosing by the rising waters, but the storm pressures eventually take to punting the car crooked in its spot. In the process, the rear valance is ripped from the vehicle. The lucky Toyota RAV4 parked behind the Focus survives the incident without so much as a blemish. Hit the jump to check the carnage for yourself.



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      Pat
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you look closely to the front windshield, you'll notice a parking ticket! When it's not your day, it's not your day!
      Gilberto Cedolia
      • 3 Years Ago
      Car bidet
      theharpyeagle
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's amazing how, after witnessing the beating the Focus got, other drivers continued to drive nonchalantly by. I wonder what happened to the man hole cover. If that thing stayed over the manhole after each spray, imagine what pounding it would have inflicted on the undercarriage of that poor focus.
      timsvtgen1
      • 3 Years Ago
      To think how much I had spent extra in the past for the undercarriage wash at the car wash...
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Scary
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        Built Ford Tough! A Chevy will crumble!
        estoy0no
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd love to see any car stand up to having something that launches water 10+ feet into the air under high pressure NOT have it's back end torn off. Basically the problem is where it was parked, not what type of car it was.
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your ignorance is showing....
        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        ... and what would've happened to a GM car in the same situation GMFanBoi? ... flip over a couple o'times?
      Kyle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yet another reason not to go to Canada.
      TangoR34
      • 3 Years Ago
      Try a Hummer next time.
      AC2RC
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's called a BIDET and is common in European bathrooms . That'll get the salt and mud off. Maybe we should install one for our rallys !
      BC
      • 3 Years Ago
      This actually happens with some frequency where I live. Developers flatten the tops of hills to make parking lots for large shopping centers or office parks, so you have acres of impermiable pavement directing rainwater into a relatively small number of storm sewers, where it runs downhill and shoots in the air through the storm sewer grates along the roads that run through the valleys between the hills. It doesn't happen during gentle-to-moderate rains, but at this time of year when we have violent thunderstorms, watch out. In a city I would think there has to be a higher-elevation area upstream of the storm sewer line. In a newer area the sanitary sewer pipes ought to be separate from the storm sewer system, but in older areas the sanitary sewer runs in a trough at the bottom of a bigger pipe that carries the overload when there are heavy rains.
      beefchow
      • 3 Years Ago
      Poor fellows car just got bathed in excrement solution.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @beefchow
        No, it wasn't. It's a storm drain.
      oRenj9
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ain't that some **** (literally)?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oRenj9
        It's a storm drain, not an actual raw sewage drain.
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