Much of the info you've received is good stuff. However, I can tell you don't know much about cars and you should never be driving computer assisted car through water higher than the bottom of your car--4 - 6 inches maximum.
Once you've gotten all the water out of your cylinders, I'd check the crankcase to see how high the oil is there. If water got in there you will have serious problems if you don't already from trying to turn the engine over with a cylinder or more full of water. You are more likely to bend connecting rods or crack your head if you crank your engine with water in a cylinder. Forget about valve damage--you'll have to replace the head or rebuild the engine.
But--when your solenoid clicks when you try to start a car it usually indicates that not enough current is getting to the starter. Sounds like the battery drained while sitting in the flood water. First thing to do when this happens is test the robustness of your battery. You do this by simply turning on your headlights to see if they are bright or dim. You can also lay on the horn to see how strong it is. If either are weak you are likely to need to charge your battery before trying to start the engine. But, to be honest, you ought to take it to a garage where they can go over your car before you really screw up the engine or transmission due to all that water getting up in there.
Thursday, September 18th, 2008 AT 11:41 AM