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Drivers rescued from flooded cars; power outages remain

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

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The storms from Thursday night are still having an effect on our area, with many people still without power this morning.

Dominion Virginia Power reports that more than 11,000 customers are without power in the Richmond area. By noon, Dominion says it should have a better understanding as to how long it should take to restore power to everyone.

During the storm last night, a dramatic water rescue was caught on tape as complete strangers help pull a woman to safety as nearly three feet of rainwater rushes into her car. This driver is one of five whose cars were left floating on Midlothian Turnpike.

"I'm just upset they didn't block the roads off. I didn't know it was that deep," said Betty Lee.

Another woman waited for rescuers to reach her as the waves from other vehicles passing by left her car flooded. On land Betty Lee explains how quickly she and others found themselves with no where to go.

Betty Lee: "It's like 2 or 3 minutes it came in the car. I was scared and....oh my Lord!"
Evrod Cassimy: "At what point did you know something was wrong?"
Betty Lee: "When my car started turning I said, 'Lord have mercy!'"

Another woman who also had to be pulled to safety was on her way to bingo night when her car got stuck. At least one rescuer is not surprised to see cars getting stuck in this area.

"People that have lived in Richmond for all of these years, I don't know how long they've lived here, but you know this area so you should avoid it especially traveling eastbound on Midlothian," said rescuer Anthony Tucker.

For now these cars sit flooded on Midlothian Turnpike. A reminder as to why you should not try to drive through streets with standing water.

Thankfully, no one was hurt here in all of this mess. The only damage is to these flooded cars which are obviously a total loss now.

The majority of the people who pulled over to help were able to provider the drivers with a change of clothes, blankets, cell phones and a ride to wherever they were headed before their car got stuck.

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