Flooding takes toll on commuter vehicles

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - Wreckers worked Monday night to clear waterlogged cars from the ground-level intersection of the Grand Parkway at the Westpark Tollway. At least nine cars were left stranded after their drivers drove into the high water. Some cars made it through, then died. Others stopped in the high water.

"Stay home. Don't get out and about. I would not get out anywhere looking like this. It's pretty bad," said driver Steven Clare.

His car stalled in the high water.

"It's not turning on. It's broken. It turns on and then it turns off. So there must be water stuck somewhere in the engine. I don't know where though."

He was not alone. Fort Bend County sheriff's deputies waded from car to car making sure everyone was out of the vehicles. Two deputies pushed a car out of the high water.

One driver said he made it through the high water, only to have his car stall once on high ground.

"I should have gone 99 South," driver Ray Krisham said. "Towards Sugar Land. That was bad. So, I thought I would go straight and get the...but I got stuck here."

Soon deputies closed all access to the flooded intersection. Tow truck drivers carried away the stranded cars. Street sweepers cleaned the road in preparation to reopen the intersection.

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