On Friday evening, I headed for Jaya33 to meet some people. It started raining as soon as I left my office building. The easiest route was to go through SS2, go pass the Rothmans roundabout towards Jalan Semangat.
At the end of the SS2 road going towards the roundabout, a couple of cars stopped and held up a bit of traffic. Needless to say, I cursed at them as I zoomed past their cars, thinking to myself, ‘what bloody idiots, raining so heavily of course must get to wherever you want to ASAP lah!’ Then much to my detriment, I found out that I was the idiot for the short distance between that turn-off and the roundabout was filled with lots water. I managed to stay on the higher end of the road without much difficulty.
As per the awesome print screen of a map + some brush tool editing, a line of cars were stalled at the EFFED side. I wondered why… then I found out why. The rain was very heavy and part of the road was flooded. In fact, please refer to the awesome map print screen above again — the part from EFFED to SAFE was filled with water. Quite a distance, eh? A couple of trucks went across it and we could see that the middle of the road was slightly lower. Scary stuff.
So I parked by the higher side of the road feeling damn scared and panicky and thought I’d wait it out. However it continued to rain Flintstones and dinosaurs. I could see the water level rapidly rising as well. After about 5 unsettling minutes, two Kancils zoomed past us (there was a major traffic hold up) and took their chances.
To stay put and risk the water getting into my car engine, or to go through the water and follow the Kancils to safe ground? ARGH OKAY LAH JUST GO LAH DABEDEWTEEEEFFED!!
My Dad once told me that if I ever get caught in a situation like that, I should always use low gear and never lift my foot from the pedal. Something about preventing the water from getting into your exhaust pipe, keep it revving, will help in NOT getting a stalled engine. That kept running in my mind, as well as the cold sober fact that I skipped on flood insurance on my car, heh.
Well, I’m still here and my car still works. There are a couple of strange sounds that my mechanic should check out, but I doubt there are any major problems. It was not until after I got home that I noticed that…
Strong waters, eh? I have absolutely no idea how it fell out. It was scary lah, my heart was beating so fast, my head was spinning and I’ll try to never use that road again when it rains.
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