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Tips to stay safe during a flash flood

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The flooding happened so fast, it caught a lot of drivers off-guard.

Water was several feet deep in some spots causing cars to stall out.

Emergency crews had to rescue some of those drivers.

Officials say if worse comes to worse and you do end up stranded in a flash flood you should stay in your vehicle until help arrives but it's even better to avoid the water altogether and just pull over or turn around until it recedes.

Lt. Robb Couture, South Portland Fire Department, says: “I always tell people if you can’t see the bottom of the water, it's not safe to go through because you have no idea what’s under there. It could be a road; it could not be a road.”

Portland received six and a half inches of rain.

The most we've had in one storm since 1991 and that was hurricane bob.