Man takes on water after flooding, ditches car

(WXYZ) - The heavy rains that moved into the metro Detroit area overnight left high water in places all across the region. 

Some areas in Southwest Detroit saw the most water underneath the viaducts.

Just off Central Avenue between John Kronk and Dix on Detroit's Southwest side was where 7 Action News caught up with Tereze Sullivan. He was about to drive off in his waterlogged car.

He's got a lot of work ahead after water took a seat in his car overnight. 

His car was cut off by the rising waters. The engine stopped, forcing Sullivan to leave the car behind in search of higher ground.

"Well I just came through and it just shut off," Sullivan said. "Water just started pouring into the car."

According to Consumer Reports, heavy rains can cause problems with your car and keeping traction on the roadway.

Speeding can quickly lead to hydroplaning and that can lead to you losing control of your car.  Experts warn against using cruise control during heavy downpours. 

Your system can cause the car to accelerate suddenly on slick pavement and you could possibly lose control.  They suggest following in the tracks of the car before you and try to avoid puddles on the roadway by driving in the middle or center lane. 

Water has a tendency to build up on opposite sides of the roadway.

Sullivan says this is the first time he's tried to make it through high water but not the first time this area has seen flooding. 

"It's been bad for years when it rains. This is the highest I've seen it though," he said.

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