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Old Nov 24th 2013, 12:01 pm
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Old Nov 24th 2013, 12:26 pm
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I've never seen anything like the storm in Musandam this weekend. I've had to steam wash the car today due to the cement caked on it from driving through flooded RAK
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Well I dont know about worst ever but I had to go to disco gardens this friday and it took us 40 minutes to get off off the flyover from SZR onto the Mall's back side, just to find the roads totally flooded. It wasnt knee high so all drivers with common sense were able to navigate through slowly but then some idiot in a bmw went ahead and stalled his car in the middle and after that it was chaos. Had to turn around after that. Why dont the city planning (or whichever department) guys invest in a proper drainage system? Instead of throwing money away on crazy schemes! If these guys ever get to see one of the monsoon rains we get to see, they would just call it the Apocalypse!
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It was so wet, I had to use low range 4WD to go through a puddle this morning! I never knew what that little lever did before, and needed to read the handbook to find out! Never read the handbook before either! A day of firsts all round!
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Rain last weekend? No problem.

Rain this weekend (Sevens)???? No thank you ..........
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Rain last weekend? No problem.

Rain this weekend (Sevens)???? No thank you ..........
it was quite fun getting drenched last year
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Default Re: Relief Effort underway in UAE after worst storm in years.

The drains are designed correctly and are adequate for the job. The problem is when they are completed and handed over to the Client. This generally happens along with a nice shiny maintenance manual which is promptly ditched. As such, the drains sit there all summer slowly getting more and more choked with sand and so reducing capacity and no maintenance is ever undertaken. Then when the rain comes they flood.

Olejanx.... why would 4 low help you? 4 high maybe at a push.

If driving in floods the best way to go is at a medium pace (not too slow and not too fast). This allows a bow wave to form which actually leads to a lower level behind it (your engine bay). Then when you get out the flood dab your brakes. Never turn off your engine if the water level is higher than your exhaust. Keep it running at all costs. Prior to attempting any floods find out where your air intake is. If it's a Saab or anything sporty it's likely to be low down (cold air found closer to the road is denser and so can carry more fuel so gives more power). If low down just don't even attempt it.

As for the damage. I was in RAK yesterday on one of our projects in the mountains assessing the damage and it is unbelievable. After crossing three section of washed out road on the way to the site what I saw when I arrived truly shocked me. The damage is easily > 10 million AED. It must have been full on mental up there!
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Do people still drive Saabs?

My old boss used to say when the floods came bodies of murdered TCNs dumped in the drains tend to resurface
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Originally Posted by jam25mack View Post
The drains are designed correctly and are adequate for the job. The problem is when they are completed and handed over to the Client. This generally happens along with a nice shiny maintenance manual which is promptly ditched. As such, the drains sit there all summer slowly getting more and more choked with sand and so reducing capacity and no maintenance is ever undertaken. Then when the rain comes they flood.

Olejanx.... why would 4 low help you? 4 high maybe at a push.

If driving in floods the best way to go is at a medium pace (not too slow and not too fast). This allows a bow wave to form which actually leads to a lower level behind it (your engine bay). Then when you get out the flood dab your brakes. Never turn off your engine if the water level is higher than your exhaust. Keep it running at all costs. Prior to attempting any floods find out where your air intake is. If it's a Saab or anything sporty it's likely to be low down (cold air found closer to the road is denser and so can carry more fuel so gives more power). If low down just don't even attempt it.

As for the damage. I was in RAK yesterday on one of our projects in the mountains assessing the damage and it is unbelievable. After crossing three section of washed out road on the way to the site what I saw when I arrived truly shocked me. The damage is easily > 10 million AED. It must have been full on mental up there!
It was awesome in RAK. I hammered through some flooded areas to a have Mini Millhouse say 'brilliant' as a sign of approval.
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Originally Posted by saudiflares View Post
Do people still drive Saabs?
Dunno, I just know they are renowned for having a really low air intake.

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It was awesome in RAK. I hammered through some flooded areas to a have Mini Millhouse say 'brilliant' as a sign of approval.
Awesome! I should have taken my Jeep out in it! Although I have kinda been ignoring it as the roof is off at the moment. Haven't checked if the bikini and the duster did the needful in the rain..... thinking the amp situated on the floor behind the front seats may now be fubared!
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Originally Posted by OleJanx View Post
It was so wet, I had to use low range 4WD to go through a puddle this morning! I never knew what that little lever did before, and needed to read the handbook to find out! Never read the handbook before either! A day of firsts all round!
You have low range on your 4WD; Sir your mancard is safe for the moment.
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Originally Posted by saudiflares View Post
it was quite fun getting drenched last year
True that, especially when the lights went out in the Heineken tent...
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Anyone issued or received force majeure notices yet?
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Anyone issued or received force majeure notices yet?
I work in all the conditions that would satisfy force majeure on a daily basis, I am thinking it will take a nuclear event before I can invoke the clause.
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I work in all the conditions that would satisfy force majeure on a daily basis, I am thinking it will take a nuclear event before I can invoke the clause.
Many years ago, whilst in Oman, a Portacabin got washed out to sea. Amazing how much troublesome paperwork and laptop computers happened to be in that 'cabin...
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