NAPLES, Fla.-A Naples' woman said her car may have suffered flood damage, after a gas station told her she had to move her car during Monday's record rainfall or it would tow her car.
Suzette Johnson was driving home on U.S. 41 Monday at 1 p.m. when the rain started to pour down. Johnson decided to pull into a 7-Eleven convenience store to wait until the rain stopped. However, after three hours it was still raining, so Johnson asked an attendant if she could leave her car parked in the lot until it was safe to drive on the flooded roads.
"I went into the Mobil and told them can I leave my car here until the water goes down, and I'll be right back because I only live a couple blocks away," Johnson said. "The guy said don't leave your car here lady because the owner just called and said any car unattended they're towing."
Johnson drives a four door sedan and was concerned if she moved her car it would be damaged, so she called her neighbor Lindy Curran for help. Curran drove her SUV to the gas station, a few blocks from their home. Curran said she thought if she spoke with the employees they would understand.
"I asked the guy can we just take the car and leave it here we'll be back in an hour, we live five blocks from here," Curran said. "He said no, no, see the sign outside. I said I see the sign but we're not going to the beach, we can't get by on the roads, they're all blocked. He said no don't leave the car, we'll tow it."
So, Johnson moved her car to a parking lot across the street, where she was granted permission. However, after driving in what she described as knee-high water, her car's back floor mats were soaked.
"[I'm] Disappointed in the gas station being so unneighborly, when we use them every day."