What to do When Vehicle Gets Caught in a Flood

vehicle restorers haul damaged vehicle from flood

Recovering submerged vehicles out of the flood is a tough job. Trying to haul a car with items that can be found in the garage may seem like a good idea in theory; however, there are fatal consequences that can happen if you aren't careful. That is why professionals are called upon to do the job in the safest way possible. There are certain ways that you can hasten the process of recovery, or at least have tasks to perform while waiting for the experts to finish the job.

Assess the Situation

If you are seated in the car, do not panic! You will be able to escape through the door, or rolling down your window if the car is not submerged. If it is impossible to roll down the windows, do not open the doors with force. The pressure of the torrents is keeping it shut. Wait for the car to be fully submerged and then open the door. Underwater, the pressure of both inside and outside the car is equalized. If a window can be lowered, slowly roll it down. If you are wearing excess clothing (jackets, coats, etc.), remove it first before escaping the vehicle.

Once you are out, swim to safety and immediately call 911.

Call in the Pros

Through the emergency response system integral to a reputable vehicle restoration company, submerged vehicles or vehicles that have sustained significant damage have better chances of being recovered quickly. These companies are always ready for any type of vehicle damage at any time of the day or night.

Do a Self-check

If the car is not completely submerged and is easily accessible, or the flood has subsided, there are ways in which you can make the process of recovering your vehicle faster while waiting for help.  

  • Do not start your car!
  • Determine how deep the car was/is submerged. (The height of the flood can be determined by the waterline mark.)
  • Dry the interior as best as you can to avoid mold growth.
  • Check the air cleaner, the oil, and other fluids.
  • Check the electrical systems.
  • Check around the wheels and tires.

It is possible to push the totaled car to a safer area; however, waiting for the professionals to arrive is still the best choice to ensure that the vehicle is fully recovered.

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