Jaguar owner's advice about driving through floodwaters: Don't do it

Published: Feb. 22, 2018 at 7:26 PM EST
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(2/22/2018) - Driving around road closed barricades onto a flooded roadway proved costly for one man's Jaguar on Thursday.

Richard Stall tried to drive his sedan through a stretch of West Michigan Avenue near Center Avenue along the Tittabawassee River in Saginaw.

He's fine, but the decision will hurt his wallet.

"I seen everyone else going through the water and I figured I could make it through, but no, I wasn't making it through," Stall said. "I was too low to the ground I guess."

That stretch of roadway floods often during periods of heavy rain or snow melt. It was one of 40 roads in Saginaw County affected by floodwaters as the Tittabawassee River crested and the Saginaw River continued rising toward its crest Friday morning.

Dan Medina of the Saginaw County Road Commission is asking everyone to obey road closed signs set up around the county.

"Please do not pass those road closed signs. They are there for a reason," he said. "You don't know what you are driving into. The current could be very high. There could be a washout."

Medina said road conditions improved through the day on Thursday, but some stretches like the West Michigan and Center roads intersection will most likely have high water for a couple of days.

He estimated the depth of the water Stall tried to drive through on West Michigan Avenue is about 2 feet.

"That location will get worse before it gets better," Medina said. "It will probably be closed overnight and we will see how it looks tomorrow."

Two Saginaw Township police officers, a Saginaw County Dive Team member and workers with Mike's Wrecker Service helped get Stall and his car out of the water.

"Now that I've done it, I feel bad for these guys because I put their lives in danger," Stall said.

He will most likely get a ticket for the trouble and advises others not to traverse water-covered roads.