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Jackson, Leavitt intersection floods over

Monday, June 22, 2009

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Brazil City Fire Department firefighters Shane Zurcher, Tobey Archer and Robert Bell push Teresa McClelland's vehicle out of a flooded area near the intersection of Jackson and Leavitt streets Monday morning. [Order this photo]
For Robert Bell, Monday was an eerie reminder of June 7, 2008.

On that day, the Brazil City Fire Department Assistant Chief saw several vehicles throughout the city that were stranded due to flooding waters.

On Monday, Bell saw three vehicles stranded near the intersection of Jackson and Leavitt streets, but the memory lingers.

"It's usually not this bad, but we had a lot of rain in a short period of time," Bell told The Brazil Times as he and other firefighters navigated their way through the area.

Heavy rains piled up at the intersection of the street Monday morning, causing the road to overflow with water that was knee deep in some areas.

Teresa McClelland, who lives in Brazil and was taking her mother to work, couldn't tell how deep the water was at the intersection as she drove through the downpour.

"It was raining real hard," McClelland said. "I thought I could get through."

McClelland's vehicle stalled -- as did two others.

The rain took out a two-block section of Jackson Street Monday morning.

"I've never seen it like this," McClelland said. "This road gets water on it, but not like this. It's never flooded this bad."

As the rainwater moved down street drains, firefighters moved the three vehicles, one of which started up.

It took approximately 15-20 minutes for the water to dissipate.

"Nothing was really clogging the drains," BCPD firefighter Tobey Archer said.


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And what part of the warnings to never ever drive through flood waters either running or standing doesn't make sense? Of course, if you can't tell how deep the water is you should probably go ahead and just drive right on through it right? Way to go!

Thank you BCFD for coming to the rescue.

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 9:46 AM

In the early 80's there were three cars floating on water at Jackson and Leavitt Streets during a big rain. Eerie to see but made quite an impression to never drive on water/rain flooded roads. One man stepped out of his car and water was up to his knees. Please use caution during heavy rains.

-- Posted by dlm5148 on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 10:53 AM

I ALSO DROVE INTO THE FLOODED WATER IN THIS SAME AREA 40 YEARS AGO. WHEN IT IS RAINING YOU CAN,T TELL THE PAVEMENT FROM WATER. IT IS UPON YOU BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. AS ANYONE WHO DRIVES KNOW WHEN IT IS RAINING IT IS HARD TO SEE PLUS IT IS DARK TOO. GIVE THE WOMAN A BREAK. NEVER KNOW WHEN IT MIGHT HAPPEN TO ANYONE

-- Posted by marys7@verizon.net on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 11:02 AM

Never seen it that bad? I lived in that area for 33 years and it is ALWAYS that bad on Jackson Street. Please just use a little common sense. Used to be they made the cars just wait there until the water went down and then had a wrecker come and get them. Way to go BFD you guys are great

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 11:26 AM

I had to pay for a car that never ran properly because of my error in judgment. It was about 8 years ago and I too thought I could make it through that flooded area on Jackson Street but I was so wrong. Trust me people it happens, but now I drive an SUV..

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 11:39 AM

it's hard not to drive through flood water in Brazil. Every intersection usually floods out.

appaloosa queen , some of us have jobs , we can't stay home and collect a pay check. I'm not saying that is what you do so don't take take it personal. just saying the drains don't work with that much water in that short of time..

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 2:57 PM

only thing im going to say is ,, if its flooded .. dont try and drive

-- Posted by pitza on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 1:47 AM

Victory04, you made it personal when you called me out so read on. I work a 12 hr. or more shift everyday, I know my roads and exactly where they flood at so I adjust my route accordingly! It sounds to me like other people do the same who are familiar with this particular intersection or other intersections that flood. So the next time you want to make an assumption that I am unemployed and say don't take it personally, please leave out the names. I would never state an assumption that you were an idiot and tell you not to take it personal. Have a great day Sunshine!

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 2:41 PM


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