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Not All Flooded Cars a Total Loss

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One of many automobiles swallowed by Danny's deluge
RALEIGH — When the rain comes down hard and fast, it will take anything in its path.And while Thursday's flood waters rose and receded quickly, it didn'ttake long for the damage to pile up.

One flooded car ended up at Detail Express, where workers could clean-upthe interior. Thursday, shop owner Troy Hamlin let the car dry out sohe could shampoo the car Friday.

If you're lucky, your car needs nothing more than a little lather and elbowgrease to bring in back to life.

But sometimes water can cause more than cosmetic damage. A good soakingcan make it bad under the hood, especially if the car's computer boardgets wet. According to William Morgan of Tao Auto, the board operatesabout 85% of the vehicle-- everything from the engine function to thetransmission and electrical system.

Morgan is quick to add, some flooded-out cars can be fixed. "If a car hasbeen severely flooded and it dries out properly, you can fix it."

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