Hidden dangers: A warning for drivers

by: Gary Horcher Updated:

A driver mistook the surface of floodwater in his headlights for pavement.
CARNATION, Wash. —

As flood levels on every major river in King County continue to rise, officials are warning drivers about the danger of water-covered roads.

On Wednesday night, a KIRO 7 Eyewitness News crew saw the danger up-close.

While the crew prepared to broadcast a live shot from a flooded parking lot near the Tolt River Wednesday night, a driver mistook the surface of floodwater in his headlights for pavement. He accidentally plunged his SUV into the deep floodwaters.

By the time he tried to stop, the SUV was already trapped, and sinking. The driver was able to wade out, but his SUV was partially submerged.

See photos from the scene and other storm damage here.

Several roads along the Tolt River in Carnation are closed, and more were expected to be closed on Thursday.

"In times like this, neighbors like us have to take flood precautions," said Don Newman of Carnation.

"You have to have a rubber raft to get in, get out to get food for your family," he said.

"When the roads are flooded out, that's when the power lines give out. When you have no power, you have to make sure you're stocked up with plenty of firewood," Newman said.