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Cars left damaged following Tuesday's flooding

Posted: Updated: May 29, 2014 08:57 PM
MADISON (WKOW) -- This week's flooding on Franklin Street, near the Capitol, partially submerged several parked cars in water. Among them was Heather Halweg's 2011, Honda SUV. She bought the vehicle six months ago with 11-thousand miles on it.

Thursday, Halweg's insurance company told her the car is totaled.

"The water was up near the seats," she said. "But I assumed there would be something that could be done to salvage it."

Halweg's insurance company is offering to pay her about $18-thousand for the damage. She bought the car for almost $23-thousand.

"If I were going to try and get that exact car again, I would not be able to purchase it with the money they're offering," Halweg said.

Jodie Schmidt, co-owner of Schmidt's Auto Inc. in Madison, said her company saw an increase in callers requesting tow service Tuesday evening during the flooding.

Schmidt put the increase at roughly 30 percent of the typical, after-work rush. She said the company towed water-damaged vehicles that were stalled, damaged in accidents while driving through high water, or not starting after being flooded in parking spots.

"It's not like a snowstorm where you're feeling like you can staff up for two or three days," Schmidt said. "The (flooding) hits a bit more by surprise."

Schmidt said her workers "stepped up" to work extra hours during the busy period. She said cars with water damage continued to trickle in Wednesday too.

Halweg and her neighbors said their block of Franklin Street has flooded sporadically in the past.

More rain is expected beginning Sunday.

"I guess if they're predicting rain we just can't park on the street," Halweg said. "I feel like I live someplace where my property isn't safe."

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