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  • Apr 17th 2013 at 12:45PM
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Spring time inevitably means heavy rains for most of the country, and that equates to plenty of drivers squaring off against flash flood conditions. Easily one of the most dangerous situations on the road, flood waters on roadways are almost certainly more dangerous than they seem. Need proof? Check out this video from 2010. In it, water is backed up on one side of a raised roadway. While it appears as if there's just a little water on the tarmac itself, the soil beneath the asphalt is quickly being eroded away. Before long, the whole surface succumbs to the water, opening up a massive, car-swallowing void.

Needless to say, any vehicle attempting to cross the road at that time would have easily been swept away. Should you come across a similar situation, remember that it's always safer to simply turn around and find another route or stay put until the water subsides. Tacking a few extra minutes onto your commute is always preferable to winding up in a submerged vehicle. Watch the video for yourself to see what we mean.

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      They should never have put that river there.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Them Duke boys could jump that no sweat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn Nature, you scary!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Genuinely cool and interesting video.
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as you identify what's happening and block the road off ahead of time so everyone is safe, I can't really fault the engineers if this was a once in a lifetime storm for that particular area. It's cheaper to go back and turn areas that need it into a proper bridge than to just go around building bridges everywhere there could possibly be a freak storm one day. While I don't think I've ever seen asphalt so lazily laid down on soil like that, I doubt a proper roadbed would have helped anything in this case.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      We are getting absolutely inundated with rain right now in Eastern IA. The Mississippi is going over it's banks shortly.
      • 2 Years Ago
      at least they won't have to dig a culvert!
      • 2 Years Ago
      That guy's camera work was annoying. Smooth... smooth.. smoo- QUICKJERKZOOMZOOM
      Harold O
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not so hard to do! We had a hole dug 100' long and 100' deep.Funny but many didn't know there was a small creek there , on top of the hill. Common cause ?? debris plugged up the culvert !! Maintenance IS important !
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's interesting that the asphalt was apparently laid down right on top of the soil. On most of the road projects I ever worked on, a significant stone roadbed was laid down below the asphalt.
        joe shmoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        even properly installed, that still wouldn't hold up against that amount of water
      • 2 Years Ago
      Street level entrance to HELL!
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