Man escapes flash flood within seconds

Quick thinking saved this Southern California man from major water damage


Thanks to an intense El Niño, Southern California has seen flash flooding for most of the week. This terrifying dashcam footage comes to us from Southern California, where the state’s short-term water woes have been solved this week with intense rain storms. YouTube user Mark Chagaris was driving down the Highway when the rain came. His dashboard camera was rolling as he slowly made his way around a bend in the road to see a creeping horror: Rising water that pushed mud and debris into the road and directly towards Chagaris’ vehicle. The floodwater covered the road and marched towards Chagaris.

Chagaris perfectly summed up what happened in the video description when he wrote, “Mother Nature speaks loudly.” Chagaris hit reverse, but the waters seemed to be closing in on him. He quickly turned around and made his escape down the road, avoiding another geyser breaking over the highway barrier. Well over two inches of rain fell Wednesday  from San Diego to Riverside.

California badly needs the rain. The state has been suffering through one of the worst droughts in recent history. Water rationing had become the new norm in the Gold Rush State. It seems like there’s plenty of H2O to go around now, but officials warned residents against abandoning conservation efforts and reverting to wasteful water-use habits. The current El Nino system — a natural warming of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean that interacts with the atmosphere and changes weather worldwide — is being blamed for causing the mega storm.

Also on Wednesday, a driver in San Diego attempted to take on a flooded road by driving through the waters in his $200,000 white Lamborghini.

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He became almost completely submerged but managed to escape.

The region was expected to began drying out on Friday before another round of light rain moved into California over the weekend. More El Niño storms are forecast over the next several months. Make sure you have active flood insurance and have info for a good water damage company on hand.


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