Chris Novy, an experienced Stormchaser was on the roads of Oklahoma City after Friday’s tornadoes, but during Flash Flood Warnings. Because he had a dash camera to document the storms, his ordeal was caught on camera.
Chris shares his experience because there are lessons to be learned. He says “I approached a flooded road and made a quick U-turn rather than driving into the water. This was a naturally smart move. Unfortunately my turn resulted in me plunging off a hidden embankment and splashing nose-first right into a swollen creek where I sunk straight to the bottom, I traveled several hundred feet underwater with the car quickly filling up. At one point I was completely surrounded by water and just holding my breath in the darkness. Somehow the driver-side and passenger-side windows broke and I was flushed from the vehicle. I surfaced after a bit and found myself racing down the creek. A cop called out to me and I was able to swim to him and his life-saving grab.” Thankfully, Chris is able to share his story of survival in the hopes of saving someone else’s.
While the phrase “Turn around, don’t drown” is something we Meteorologists use frequently during heavy rain, please remember Chris’ story and never drive through a water-covered roadway. He advises you to “leave more time to process your surroundings.” And that’s not too much to ask!
This post was written by Eric Sorensen on June 3, 2013