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Vehicles succumb to heavy water over local roads

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Cars aren't made to take a dive and survive and the evidence lies with the vehicles that died.

"I want to say in the neighborhood of about 30," Village Towing employee Marvin Cooper said, regarding the number of vehicles he pulled out from the heavy water on Wilder Road on Monday night.

Cooper said that made for a busy Monday night.  Several vehicles didn't make it through four feet of standing water on Wilder Road following the heavy rainfall that impacted the area.

"There was actually a few cars that blew their engine, trying to make it through the water," Cooper said.

Time and time again, the story ended the same way.  Cars stalled and Village Towing moved in.

"It was almost unbelievable to watch people keep going out there," said Cooper. 

On Tuesday night, Ryan Leavitt is wishing he could turn back time.

"I was kinda wondering why I didn't just, try going around, but I saw other cars. So I attempted it, and it wasn't very smart," Leavitt said.

Twenty-four hours later, he was back on Wilder Road loading his Pontiac Grand Am onto a trailer.

"Flooded the whole back seat and started to get into the front seat too," Leavitt said.

"If you see water standing in the road like that again, I would find an alternate route because there's a pretty good chance you might not make it through," Cooper said.

Cooper said that advice is for those who do not want to pay the big rates, which can be upward of a couple hundred dollars to have their car towed out.  Or for the heavier rates if their vehicle is damaged and needing repair.

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