“I thought I could drive through the road, and it just took me,” Kelty said.
Water rushed in up to his waist through his driver-side door. No one was injured.
Meteorologists and law enforcement officials consistently warn against driving into floodwaters. Just a few inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult, and a foot can carry away a small car. More deaths occur each year due to flooding than any other thunderstorm-related hazard, according to the National Weather Service. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than half of all flood-related drownings happen when someone drives into hazardous flood waters.
“It was just scary to see geysers of water coming up, and the water just kept getting deeper and deeper,” Kelty said.
Staff at the Hamilton County Engineer's office don't have a timeline for when Van Blaricum will reopen. They're just starting to develop a repair plan. Detours on Cleves Warsaw Pike and South Road direct drivers around the closure.
Bender Road reopened early Monday morning after a mudslide closed it.