It’s bad enough that to park a car in a town centre these days, you need to sell your house. Or your firstborn. Then the spaces are too small, the doors get dented, the car gets dirty, you can’t get your kids in with ease. It’s hell. Though the kid bit is easier, as you sold one in order to park there in first place.
Still, it could be worse. Image parking your car then coming back to find you car crushed. Or flooded. Or, weirdly, both. That is exactly what happened to residents of Crayford last week. After repairs to an arterial water main went awry, the town centre was flooded. Filling the car park and wrecking cars in the process. But that’s not all…
Floods and floats
It turns out a lot of polystyrene was used in the car park’s construction. Ironically, it was probably used to help prevent dampness and water ingress into the concrete structure. However, when the torrent hit, so great was its force, it actually broke free from the foundations. And what does aerated polystyrene do? It floats. And that’s still the case if there’s a Ford Ranger and a Fiat 500 on it. Oh dear.
As the water rose, so did the cars atop the foam. In turn, they were crushed up into the roof of the car park, crushing them and writing the cars off in the process. So just when the owners thought they’d be safe from the waters, they were anything but!
As accidents go, this has to be one of the most bizarre we have ever seen. Seriously how do you even begin to fill in a claim form for this? “Car was lifted into roof by foam” doesn’t sound all too believable. But it is real. And it’s also got to be in the running for being the strangest motoring story of the year!
Still, it’s not all bad news. Some people got to have a paddle…
Picture credit: Grant Falvey/LNP