Richmond Fire Dept. rescues 19 people from vehicles stuck in high water from flash flooding

A car trapped in water at 21st and Bainbridge.
A car trapped in water at 21st and Bainbridge.(NBC12)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:36 PM EDT
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(WWBT) - Scattered storms moving through the region caused flash flooding around Central Virginia, leading to the Richmond Fire Department needing to rescue 19 people from stuck vehicles.

Several flood advisories and warnings were issued due to slow-moving storms. NBC12 Meteorologist Megan Wise said 1-2.5 inches of rain have already fallen in some of the highlighted areas below.

The Richmond Fire Department said it was called to more than a dozen calls where vehicles were stuck in high water between 4:27 p.m. and 5:22 p.m. In all on Wednesday afternoon and evening, crews rescued a total of 19 people.

High water could be seen running across the Richmond Highway. Two vehicles were trapped in water at 21st and Bainbridge in Richmond, but the water has since receded.

Two vehicles are also trapped in water at 21st and Bainbridge in Richmond.
Two vehicles are also trapped in water at 21st and Bainbridge in Richmond.(NBC12)

Swansboro Civic Association president, Augustine Doe, says flash flooding on Richmond’s southside is nothing new, but he has noticed recently that the flooding doesn’t seem to last as long.

“I’ve noticed that there’s been work done on it quite recently so it recedes faster than ever,” Doe said.

But even with the work being done to improve the drainage issue, Doe says the city still has a long way to go towards fixing these problems. Until those problems are solved, he wants more physical measures in place to keep drivers from taking unnecessary risks.

“I’d like to see a warning system that highlights and warns drivers and motorists that when the water reaches a certain level you can not go through,” Doe said.

Petersburg police said high water in the area of Bolingbrook Street at North Crater Road caused a closure, but the water has since cleared out.

Prince George said high water was across the roadway in the 800 block of County Drive in Disputanta.

The Richmond Fire Department tweeted two pictures that were taken at the same location less than an hour apart to show the impact of Wednesday’s flash flooding.

Emergency officials are again reminding drivers ‘Turn around don’t drown.’ If you can’t see the road beneath the waters assume that it isn’t because you don’t know just how deep it actually is until it’s too late.

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