She shared video of the water rushing all the way around the vehicle, coming significantly over the tires. We can only imagine she underestimated how deep the water was in what looked like a rather wide flooded crossing.
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"A bit too optimistic? I was so sure I could cross," Pataky said in one of the video clips, looking uncertain as to whether she should laugh or cry.
One of the biggest risks motorists face when attempting to cross a flooded roadway is being washed away with the flood. Should the car lose its grip on the road, anyone inside is now fully at the mercy of the floodwaters. And once off the roadway, there is the risk of injury or drowning, getting trapped in the vehicle as it flips or sinks.
Other risks include the road giving way due to the rushing water, objects or debris in the water (like trees) hitting the vehicle or the vehicle engine stalling or breaking down due to the rushing water.