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Heavy rains here in Jacksonville for the past several days have left some of our roads flooded this morning. The road was relatively fine aside from large puddles on the curbsides as I drove to the gym at 5:00am this morning. By the time I leave the gym at 6:30am, the same road on the way back was flooded, with water several inches above the roadside curbs and sidewalks and people were having trouble getting through. Small low to the ground sedans were stalling out and getting into trouble. My girlfriend drives a maxima, and she had to get the kids to daycare and get to work herself.

I called her and told her to take the kids to daycare via an alternate route, as she wouldn't be able to get through there. I get to work and am told that the very alternate route I told her to take is also underwater, and only taller SUV's and trucks were getting through. I call my girlfriend back, and she says "nevermind how I'm going to get the kids to the daycare, I can't even get out of the neighborhood, our street is underwater and so are the streets to the mainroads!". I told her I was on my way. *cue trumpet fanfare*

I drove back to the house, amazed at how deep the water was, people's entire front yards were underwater. It stopped pouring for a minute, and I pulled in, picked up her and the kids, and proceeded to make the rounds, dropping them off one by one at daycare and work.

We sit through a 45 minute long traffic jam to move 1/2 a mile only to get to the deep part and discover a police officer turning cars around. I'm bummed, but decide not to turn around until the cop actually tells me to. No way I'm going to turn around just because a bunch of other people are. I get up there, and ask the cop "are you turning everyone around?"

She looks my truck over, and says "you should be fine, just keep it slow" and then turns to the guy in the honda civic behind me and yells "you sir, turn around!"

SWEET. I drove on through, enjoying the fact that only bigger trucks with some ground clearance were plowing through this stuff, and got my family safely to work and daycare.

All cars were being turned around. Having a truck rules. :rockon
 

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Ya that “knight in shining armor” thing always make you feel good.

Having the right tool for the job is a also a good feeling. Now that I’ve acquired a arsenal of tools for around the house and to work on automobiles its always a good feeling when you remember how you used to struggle with what was not exactly the proper tool and then when you do the same job with the correct tool its so much easier.

The Titan is the correct tool!
 

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Agreed on the right tool.. This is my flood water geter througher.....
 

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bigfinderman said:
Agreed on the right tool.. This is my flood water geter througher.....
Yep, that tool would handle quite a few feet of water!
 

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bigfinderman said:
Agreed on the right tool.. This is my flood water geter througher.....
That thing looks like it could just rumble right off the edge of the grand canyon and cruise on down just fine.

I was surprised, dudes with trucks were going through the water, but slowly, but women in minivans were trying to haul butt through it, and the water was washing up over their hoods and stuff. Dumb!
 

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Ha yea the ole beast will go almost wherever you take her.. And yea thats were most people screw up going through water at high speeds, especially females lol. They fly through and flood there sh*t with water.. Not to smart....
 

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bigfinderman said:
Agreed on the right tool.. This is my flood water geter througher.....
i think i just got off road truck envy... here's a pile my buddy and i purchased off a "not so pale" neck around his parent's farm:



it works.. subaru brat on bobcat skid steer tires.
 

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it works.. subaru brat on bobcat skid steer tires.
Did they still make all Subaru's AWD back then? How well does that work?
 

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yea its awd. and there pretty bad a**.. my uncle used to have one and that little bas*ard would go anywhere....
 

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driving on washed out roads can be dangerous for any vehicle. It only takes a couple inches of water to wash your wheels out and send you down where you probabally don't want to be. We have some areas where I drive through that flood in heavy rain (I drive through them too) but it is still a dangerous thing to do.
 

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No, just the basic leveling kit.
 

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I loved pulling idiots out of the local flooded intersection in the past. For a small fee of course!

Mud plowing is fun too!
 

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Sweet pics yellow! Do you ever have any problems with the mud when you go into it that fast?
 

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billaj said:
Sweet pics yellow! Do you ever have any problems with the mud when you go into it that fast?
Not yet (fingers crossed), knock on wood too... The worst part is the clean up! You wouldn't believe where mud ends up!
 

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ZeroPt99 said:
Did they still make all Subaru's AWD back then? How well does that work?
yes! and it's a 5-speed... we basically run it on atv trails which are old logging trails cut into a mountain. so far it's handled everything we've put it through. i think this year it should get an electric fuel pump and tune up and should run pretty sweet. she's been neglected lately though due to the purchase of a mid-80's blazer that runs much better and takes more people into the woods... but i still love the brat. unfortunately it's 3 hours from home so working on it is kinda tough... and when i get up there i just want to play.

the guy that originally did the work built it to do hill climbs.. wasn't really cut out for that line of work so he put up a 4-sale sign.
 

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The roads flooded again today. I was picking up a friend from her apartment complex and the water was lapping against the bottom of my step rails. (while I was stopped I cracked the door open to look), but when someone else would pass me I could hear the wave wash over the bottom of my doors. No water came in, though that was getting a bit touchy for me.

We've had an absolutely ridiculous amount of rain.
 

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Not long ago we got hit by a fairly large storm. You may have heard of it. It’s been on the news once or twice. It was named Katrina. The major news organizations would have you believe that only New Orleans was affected but the damage in Mississippi was much worse and lower Alabama was hit every bit as hard as N.O. I’ve attached a small picture of what our downtown area looked like.

My wife is a director for the biggest local hospital and she is required to be there during hurricanes as part of their disaster response team. I drove her to work during the worst part of the storm in my old Chevy truck. The roads were flooded. I saw a Honda Accord on a side road with water up to the windows. The driver was climbing out of the sun roof. I’ll never understand why he didn’t just open the door and get out. The car was full of water and already ruined. Luckily it’s flat as a pancake around here. Even in the worst storms nothing gets washed away by raging currents. It just gets ruined.

Anyway, my Chevy did great. It was ten years old and I don’t think I was ever happier to own a truck. I dropped my wife off and headed home to look after the rest of the family. The flooding was worse on my trip back home. I drove through water that was so deep it was up to the bottom of the instrument panel. My butt was soaked and the splashing ruined the radio. The truck got me home but during the night it got hit by a fence, a tree, and parts of my roof. It was totaled. By the time my wife got off work the flooding was over and I was able to drive her car down to get her.

Well, to make a long story short, insurance paid for my truck and I bought the Titan I had wanted for some time. Thank God I haven’t had to test the Titan like I did the Chevy.

As a footnote I bought the Chevy back from the insurance company. My son & I worked on it for about six months during our spare time. He’s 17 now and the Chevy is his. It still gives us some problems related to the storm but it’s hard to give up a truck like that.
 

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