Heavy rains cause problems on Sarasota roadways

- As severe thunderstorms moved through the Bay Area Wednesday morning, a few inches of rain quickly turned into deep water in much of the Bay Area.

Rain pounded areas from Citrus County down to Sarasota during the morning rush hour, and leaving some neighborhoods flooded.

In Sarasota, cars got stuck when they tried driving through flooded areas. As rainfall became heavier, flooding became prevalent in several parts of the city.
 
U.S. 41 near Bee Ridge was one of the worst hit parts of the county.
 
"It's a little stressful," said Lou Mongiovi of driving around town Wednesday afternoon. "I tried to get in the parking lot over there, to get out of the water, and I got stuck. The motor stopped and I started to float."
 
Mongiovi did the only thing he could. He got out of his car and made sure he was out of harm's way.
 
"I opened the door and the water started to go in," he said.
 
Other cars had to be towed. Many drivers, however, played the odds on the roadway. 
 
Taking a risk with flooded roadways is a decision Sarasota Police spokesperson Genevieve Judge said is not the best idea.
 
"This serves as a reminder that, use caution when you are driving through flooded roads. You don't know how deep that water is, and so, if you can avoid driving through flooded roads, please do so," she said.
 
No one was hurt, but many had damaged vehicles.
 
"It just takes a couple of inches of water for your car to flood out, and stall out," said Judge.

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