Monday, January 08, 2007

FROM OUR, "YOU'RE AN IDIOT" FILE...

Well, just one week into the New Year and already we have to go into our “You’re An Idiot” file.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning on Friday for Lorain County after a day of constant rainfall. Along with the warning was advice that most all media carried, TMC NEWS posted it and even presented it in big red capital letters.

NEVER ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH OR WALK ACROSS A FLOODED AREA. THE WATER MAY BE DEEPER THAN YOU THINK. TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!

Seems kind of like common sense would tell you this, but like with about every other heavy rainfall area Fire Departments were out rescuing people from their cars that got stuck in high water. Some areas the high water might sneak up on you so in those cases it can be understandable that cars would become stranded accidentally. If you attempted to drive down Ford Road from West River this weekend you certainly noticed the THREE sets of barricades with road closed signs stapled to them and the three additional road side signs warning of HIGH WATER / ROAD CLOSED. One driver apparently missed those warnings as they drove their car into the flood near the bridge on Ford Road.

Elyria Police received a call around 2am on Saturday morning from someone alerting them to the car stranded on Ford road due to the high water. The caller also said they were taking the driver to south Elyria. The Police on scene called for the Elyria Fire Department to respond to the scene to make sure nobody was still in the stranded vehicle.

TMC NEWS called the cell phone number that was found on the Police report to find out the circumstances around the incident but our calls were not returned.

5 Comments:

Anonymous mike said...

If there were a roadblock, a very much see the idiocy of those people.

Otherwise, it is understandable that otherwise unmarked areas may appear to be only a few inches, before people realize how deep it is, and notice the adverse effects of water currents.

Too many people get stuck for it to ever be considered an "accident".

5:13 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I don't think it is EVER acceptable for someone to drive through ANY water across a road. It's just not smart to do so. With all of the stories from recent history, people should know about flooding and driving by now. I suppose those that don't pay attention and get stuck won't be too much of a loss and will probably help cleanse the gene pool a bit.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Dan O. said...

Dave has it right: the gene pool needs cleansed, where better than in the water?

One rescuer's death isn't enough for these idiots. If they're not in life or death situation, let 'em wait for the water to recede.

Or bill them for rescue if they pass "Road closed" signs and then call for help.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Bob said...

I agree with Dan O. Bill them for the rescue. The Coast Guard does it for boaters.


Wait........... I think that's my car....... I've been looking for it all week!!!

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certain people are just idiots who think they're impervious to anything.

nothing's going to change that.

but may be the fact that their cars aren't impervious to WATER may change their attitudes.

11:56 PM  

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