Skip to comments.Ignoring Warning Signs, Cleveland Meteorologist Dick Goddard Required Rescue from Flash Flood
Posted on 05/14/2014 9:47:14 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
As torrential downpours, funnel cloud sightings, flash floods and hail wreaked havoc across Northeast Ohio on Monday night, local legend Dick Goddard found himself in a bit of a predicament.
Turning off of I-71 onto State Route 3, en route to his home in Medina, the 83-year-old Channel 8 weatherman noticed the car in front of him slam into what looked like a raging river, according to the Medina Gazette.
Deciding to proceed anyway, Goddard soon found his car submerged in the tempestuous waterway.
"Anyway, I begin to move, and then all of the sudden I can't move," Goddard said in an interview with cleveland.com. "The water's coming up, I'm stuck, I can't go anywhere, the electronics are out, I can't put the window down."
Well, it was a flash flood, Dick! Shouldn't a seasoned weatherman be able to spot such a dangerous situation?
By the time rescuers made it to the meteorologist and smashed in a window to free him, the water was, in Goddard's words, "up to his chin."
Although we are certainly glad he's all right, we do hope that the next time Goddard encounters such severe weather, he'll heed the words of his people and remember the National Weather Service's old adage, "Turn around, don't drown."
cur, cur, cur????? what an idiot... i do not get it...
He’s 83 and still going strong. Considering what he’s done for Cleveland thus far, I’m willing to turn a blind eye to this and pretend it didn’t happen. Still, it can happen to anyone. Standing water is always deeper than you think it is. Glad they got to him in time..
Wow, he’s still doing the weather? He did the weather when I was a little kid.
I know I'm sticking my neck way out but what the heck: He is a 2 time Obama voter.
Well when I lived in Indiana, I can say that these flash floods can come so quick that it is easy to get in trouble. Especially at night. But a good rule of thumb is that if the car in front of you stops, you prolly should put it in reverse. ;)
I grew up near long island shore in CT. Number one rule, never ever drive into large puddles. There is no way to be sure of the depth once the road is covered in water.
I can’t stand these preachy weather people always tying to tell me what to do. He’s an idiot.
Years ago my father was driving, he was probably 60 at the time. I had my young family riding with him, and he wanted to cross this ‘missouri crossing’ - water running across the road. It didn’t look that deep but it was moving fast. I told him to stop the car, he argued we would be fine. I told him to stop the car and let me and my wife/kids out, then he could proceed. He stopped, turned around, and it didn’t become a big deal. Just not worth the risk.
Is he being billed for the cost of the rescue?
That may be, but he is a darn good weather guy. His is the most accurate forecast in town, along with his side kick Andre Bernier.
If I am not mistaken...they are both Global Warming Deniers too boot. LOL.
Here's a "better late than never" query: even if your car gets stuck in high water and all your electrical goes out (windows, power locks, etc.), shouldn't you still be able to open your door??
Maybe the current was too powerful?
I long for the days when cars had keyed locks and crank windows, LOL!