Emergency responders prepare for the worst

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Rain, rain and more rain. If you were out and about Thursday night you probably saw your fair share of detours, road closed signs and emergency crews rerouting traffic. High water kept this section of route 10 in Chesterfield closed much of the evening.

"With travel we need to be aware that 6 inches of water can move most small vehicles right off the roadway and 2 feet of water can move most trucks and SUVs'," said Chesterfield EMS Lieutenant Matt Coffin.

While we continue to see a downpour, EMS crews here in Chesterfield and other localities are working overtime to immediately respond to weather related emergencies.

"We're at an operational level which keeps us on guard. We're watching weather conditions. We're watching the water benchmarks around the bodies of water in the county," said Coffin.

With the state of emergency still in effect, Virginia's Department of Emergency Management is keeping an eagle eye on the situation.

"When we have events like this we can call in representatives from various state agencies that come in to work together as a team to help out the local governments response to storms like this," said Bob Spieldenner, Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

While these crews are busy responding to calls due to the storm they caution drivers to be proactive. Don't drive unless it's necessary to keep yourself safe and dry.

There have been numerous reports tonight of high water on roads, as well as car accidents...so far, nothing serious in our area. The best advice: go slow, don't drive through standing water and if you don't need to be on the roads, stay where you are.

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