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Teen's sinking car a warning for drivers

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Updated: 6/13/2013 6:37 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A young man is using his story to warn others about driving in flood waters this week.

"I made a wrong turn and ended up sinking my car for it," described Todd Dixon, as he recounted his experience with Action News.

Dixon will never forget the day he drove right through, what he thought was standing water, and was actually a small creek. A terrifying ordeal Action News witnessed, because it happened right behind our station on the Southside.

"I saw a stop sign off in the distance, fairly close to it, so I thought this must be where you turn and went right in," said Dixon.

It was supposed to be a moment of excitement for Todd. He was picking up his winnings at a local radio station and decided to chance the trip during a downpour. It's a risky move, Jax Beach Fire and Rescue strongly discourage, especially now with a flood watch in effect for this week for North Florida and Southeast Georgia.

"The biggest problem out here is those short bursts of rainfall where you get three or four inches real quickly," said Chief Gary Frazier.

Best case scenario: your car is stuck but not filling up with water, so you stay inside and wait for help. Worst case scenario: your car is sinking fast, like Todd's was last June. What do you do?

"If it's coming up or the vehicle is going down into deeper water then it's time to get out," said Chief Frazier.

Dixon also has some advice for drivers.

"Completely avoid standing water try to go a different way even if it takes you longer," he said.
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