The storm surge from Barry may not be as bad as expected, but streets are flooded and you should be careful while driving. If you have car trouble, call the New Orleans auto care experts at Twin Tire for help.
In a late night reprieve, the weather service has revised its predictions and it appears that the storm surge from Barry won't be as bad as first feared. But that doesn't mean New Orleans residents should celebrate - the storm will still pack a punch and streets are flooded.
That means you need to be especially careful if you have to drive anywhere.
"Flooding can happen any time thanks to rain, blocked drains, burst water mains, tides and burst river banks," the aa.com says. "If you hear there’s flooding on the way, move your car to higher ground [if possible] to stop it getting damaged. Water plays havoc with electrics and can even cause airbags to go off suddenly some time later."
The aa.com offers these tips for driving in heavy rain and floods:
- Turn your headlights on.
- Leave twice as much space between you and the car in front – it takes longer to stop in the wet.
- If your steering feels light due to aquaplaning, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
- If you break down don't open the hood while you wait. Rain-soaked electrics can make it harder to start the engine.
Floods and standing water
- Try to avoid standing water if you can.
- Don't drive into flood water that’s moving or more than 4 inches deep. Let approaching cars pass first.
- Drive slowly and steadily so you don’t make a wave.
- Test your brakes as soon as you can afterwards.
- Fast-moving water is very powerful – take care or your car could be swept away.
What to watch out for
- Look out for slip and trip hazards like curbs under the water.
- Manhole covers can get lifted and moved.
- Water levels can change quickly.
- Assume that flood water is contaminated: Flood water can carry dangerous bacteria from drains and sewers that could cause disease.
"Driving fast through water is dangerous, inconsiderate and can end up being very expensive," the aa.com says. "Your tires can lose contact with the road, causing you to lose steering control – called aquaplaning. If you feel it happening, hold the steering lightly and lift off to slow down gently until your tires grip again. ...
"It only takes an egg cupful of water to be sucked into your engine to wreck it, and on many cars the engine’s air intake is low down at the front."
If your car does get damaged by water, you need to get help as soon as possible from a New Orleans auto care pro like the New Orleans auto care pros at Twin Tire Auto Care.
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