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Old 08-04-2006, 02:39 AM   #1
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Don't know if anyone else was caught out in that crap last night in Calgary.. I left Whitehorn at 5:50pm and got into Bragg Creek just before 8 (!!!). Crept down Deerfoot from 17th to Glenmore because someone stalled out in the left lane right by Navajo Metals, and everyone had to stop and look at him. This was while the hailstorm was pelting the city.. doesn't look like the car took any damage, but at times it sounded like I was being buried by a gravel truck.

Then the Deerfoot SB->Glenmore WB ramp was about 2 or 3 inches deep in water. That wasn't too bad, though it kind of snuck up on you. Easier to see was the 5" deep river running down the fast lane of WB Glenmore coming up the hill towards Blackfoot - avoided that.

I got to Glenmore and Macleod about 45 minutes before the police ended up closing it. It must have gotten way deeper by the time they closed it, but it was about 7 or 8 inches deep in the lowest part of the underpass when I went through (VERY SLOWLY; nothing like Petter in Argentina a couple years ago!). I tried to maintain a slow, constant speed so as to not get sunk or stuff my motor full of water, but I still ended up with some steam coming out the hood scoop at one point, just for a second or two at most. The car ran fine all the rest of the way home, without problems, but is there anything I should check besides the obvious (oil condition/quality, coolant, etc)? The water was NEVER as high as my fenders/hood, and I presume the steam came from the rad or block/exhaust from below. Still, I want to make sure I didn't mess anything up.

Oh, and minus ten zillion points to the city for having drainage problems since the early 90s and not bothering to figure out a solution besides "close it off and let it drain". And minus a thousand points each to all the drivers going around like asshats. I'm going 50 in a 60 because it's blinding rain out, moron, don't undertake me and then slam on your brakes.
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Old 08-04-2006, 12:39 PM   #2
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you should be fine, I dont think you will have any issues, You would need to get water through your intake big snorkel thing, whitch if you are still running the stock baffle has a hole in the bottom of it and is like a huge catch can. i odubt any moisture got through
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Old 08-04-2006, 03:48 PM   #3
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My wife drove through about 12" of water on her way to soccer/beer practice, and the car was a bit cleaner than when she left. Otherwise, no impact.
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Old 08-05-2006, 05:41 AM   #4
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it takes a fair amount to mess a veichle up like that with a stock air box... for example here is a small pic of my dodge ram.

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Old 08-05-2006, 01:52 PM   #5
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Oh, and minus ten zillion points to the city for having drainage problems since the early 90s and not bothering to figure out a solution besides "close it off and let it drain".
Since I am a Civil engineer, I can tell you that sewer systems are designed to handle a 1-in-5 year storm event ONLY. That means they're sized to handle the largest rain event that you would expect to see in a 5-year period. It's referred to as the "minor" drainage system. The "major" drainage system is designed to handle a 1-in-100 year storm event and essentially are the roads, swales, ponds, etc. in any City/Town. From what you've described, sounds like the "major" systems were working the way they were designed. I just wouldn't want to be caught driving in them during a large storm event as you've clearly pointed out.

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Old 08-05-2006, 03:51 PM   #6
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Fair enough. However, this is the 2nd time this summer that there has been flooding in this particular underpass and in other places where I saw flooding that night. I know that "1 in 5", etc., is not an outright guarantee that you won't see more incidents inside that 5 year period - I live in Bragg Creek, and we got hit by two 100-year events exactly 10 years apart (June 1995/June 2005). Having said that, the summer storms down here seem to always give the drainage systems a hard time. Now that I think about it, the areas which used to back up badly all the time (Silver Springs, etc) aren't doing so these days.

Anyway, it's just taught me that I should seek another route home when it rains/hails hard in town at that time of day. I had intended to go 16th Ave, which wouldn't have flooded at all, but I wanted to stay in the city for a little longer to test out my new radio scanner. Guess I got my wish.
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