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One foot of water can 'float' vehicles, experts say

Kellogg Avenue in Anderson Township as of Friday morning. (FOX19) Kellogg Avenue in Anderson Township as of Friday morning. (FOX19)

As little as one foot of water can ‘float' most vehicles and risk flooding the engine, warping brake rotors, or loss of power steering.

No matter how familiar you may be with the road, never drive through standing water at any depth, AAA warns.

Heavy rains will fall Friday through Saturday in the Tri-State and the Ohio River has already surpassed the flood level. Several Tri-State roadways have shut down due to standing water.

Should you be on the road and encounter standing water, your safest course of action is always to simply turn the car around and avoid it altogether, AAA warns. Your vehicle could be seriously damaged and require costly repairs.

Flood facts from AAA:

1. As little as one foot of water can "float" most vehicles.

2. Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles—including SUVs and pick-ups.

3. Repair costs for damage caused by driving through standing water can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

4. Never attempt to start a vehicle that's underwater.

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