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Is driving in flood waters worth the risk?
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
Is it worth the risk to drive on flooded streets?
Some Southeast Texans would probably answer no after they found themselves stranded in a flooded car.
Fox 4 has some rainy day advice from those who say prevention is the best strategy.
This was the scene across much of Beaumont.
"The water was up top my front headlights and it's gone down but at first it was up that high," Cheyenana Landry says.
Cars, even ours, were stranded in high water.
"It's good for our business, but if you don't know how deep it is, don't drive through it," Ernest Kreuzer a driver with K & K Towing told us.
At least a dozen cars have kept Kreuzer busy, and he says the end is no where near.
"I hope to get home by 9 or 10 o' clock tonight, I've been out here since 5:30," Kreuzer says.
A stranded car along Dowlen Road, was just one example of what happens when you take the chance.
Not all roads in Beaumont are still underwater, but it's best to avoid it to save yourself the headache and the money
"Your comprehensive coverage underneath the auto policy is what provides the coverage," Phillip Mayeaux, a local insurance agent says.
This agent say if you were caught without insurance it's too late.
There's a 30 day waiting period if you buy today.
"There's normally a 250-500 dollar deductible unfortunately for the customer," Mayeaux says.
He and everyone agrees it's better to be safe than sorry.
"Ultimately it's going to cost somebody money somewhere, slow down if you don't know how deep it is."
If you have any questions about what your insurance covers, contact your local agent.