High Water Can Cause High Cost Car Damage - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

High Water Can Cause High Cost Car Damage

High Water Can Cause High Cost Car Damage

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

On September 24th heavy rains caused massive flooding in Texoma, some roads seemed unpassable as they were covered by high water. However, many drivers still risked wading through the water in their vehicles. Viewers from around Texoma sent in videos as they tried to drive through high water on covered roads.

"You can see how wet it is," said Billy Holmes of Billy's auto off Jacksboro Highway in Wichita Falls.

In Holmes left hand is an air filter from a water damaged car just a small example of the cost drivers risk when wading their vehicles through high water.

"It filled up with water once it goes through soaks through and once it soaks through it goes into the motor itself," said Holmes.

There are five vehicles in Billy's shop that were damaged by Saturdays high water, Billy expects more to continue to flood into his shop. Repairing the car is not easy or cheap even if you are properly insured.

"This car here probably close to $5,000 for repair," said Holmes. "They turn it into their insurance companies and then they make a decision if they are going to repair the vehicle or total the vehicle."

Tim Short is a State Farm Insurance Agent in Wichita Falls. Short said he's advising drivers to "Turn around and don't drown... the engine" when they are driving through high water.

"These engine repairs/replacements can take a week or two to get the work done and the customer could be walking, taking public transportation or bumming rides from friends during that time if they don’t have alternate transportation available," said Short.

Short said that comprehensive is the coverage that applies to repair the damage and the customer could have a deductible from $50 to $2000 which would be their share of the loss, the insurance company pays the rest of the damage.

So if you want to save money and save the headache of dealing with the insurance companies when you see a road covered by high water make sure you turn around and don't drown. Because even if you don't drown you're still risking doing some costly damage to your car.

"It might not be today damage it might be six months down the road damage before it shows up," said Holmes.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6

Copyright 2016 KAUZ All Rights Reserved ?

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Teen tries to rob 7-Eleven with broken bottle

    Teen tries to rob 7-Eleven with broken bottle

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:59 AM EDT2018-04-20 10:59:02 GMT
    (Source: Wichita County Sheriff's Office)(Source: Wichita County Sheriff's Office)
    (Source: Wichita County Sheriff's Office)(Source: Wichita County Sheriff's Office)

    A Wichita Falls teen is behind bars for trying to rob a local convenience store.

    A Wichita Falls teen is behind bars for trying to rob a local convenience store.

  • In Comey memos, Trump fixates on 'hookers,' frets over Flynn

    In Comey memos, Trump fixates on 'hookers,' frets over Flynn

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:32 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:32:51 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 1:06 AM EDT2018-04-20 05:06:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II). Former FBI director James Comey poses for photographs at a Barnes & Noble book store before speaking Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II). Former FBI director James Comey poses for photographs at a Barnes & Noble book store before speaking Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in New York.

    The Justice Department has agreed to provide Congress with copies of several memos written by former FBI Director James Comey, relenting as House Republicans threatened to subpoena the documents and criticized...

    The Justice Department has agreed to provide Congress with copies of several memos written by former FBI Director James Comey, relenting as House Republicans threatened to subpoena the documents and criticized department officials.

  • Waffle House is now serving beer, sort of

    Waffle House is now serving beer, sort of

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:57 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:57:53 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 12:39 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:39:56 GMT
    The participating Waffle House is the nation's first location to sell beer.(Source: AP Photo/Ric Feld)The participating Waffle House is the nation's first location to sell beer.(Source: AP Photo/Ric Feld)

    The participating Waffle House is the nation's first location to sell beer.(Source: AP Photo/Ric Feld)

    The participating Waffle House is the nation's first location to sell beer.(Source: AP Photo/Ric Feld)

Powered by Frankly