Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ignoring Warning Signs, Cleveland Meteorologist Dick Goddard Required Rescue from Flash Flood

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM

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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."

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