Flooding causes issues across Central Virginia

Heavy rain washes out roads, ball field

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Widespread flooding has closed several roads in the area.

The high volume of rainfall overnight led to flooding in Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond - even prompting a water rescue.

In Chesterfield County, crews were on the scene of a downed tree and a car in a ditch on Hopkins Road around 8 a.m. Police tell NBC12 crews that massive amounts of water had overtaken parts of Hopkins, and the stuck car was attempting to turn around.

Downed tree/car in ditch on Hopkins Rd in Chesterfield

Downed tree/car in ditch on Hopkins Rd in Chesterfield

Posted by NBC12 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Chesterfield Police closed several roads due to the flooding threats.

Other parts of the county, like Coxendale Road, resembled a small river as water gushed across it.

“I did not think it was going to be this bad, but I did not know what to expect,” said Chris Holt. He had to pump the brakes on the way to his shop this morning.

The depth of the water, perhaps 5 inches, is unusual to Holt - but he says this road is prone to the gushing.

“I have seen it flood a few times right here. I don’t know what it is, it’s a low spot,” he added, before treading slowly over the rushing water.

But while his truck made it through, others weren’t so lucky. Around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, a dark Chevrolet got stuck in a pool of water under a bridge on Magnolia Street in Richmond.

NBC12 got footage of the submerged car, with the water nearly reached its headlights. Rescue crews eventually rescued the driver with a paddle boat.

In Henrico, the Lakeside Youth Baseball Field was engulfed by water. Viewer-submitted photos show the water flooding past the front gate.

Neighbor Barbara Gralow’s home would be the first to go if those flood waters ever get too high, and she has dealt with that in the past.

”It’s come right to the end of my driveway. The house had flooded at one time from Isabel,” Gralow said.

Becuase of that, she said she’d been keeping a close eye on the rainfall since Monday night.

“When they’re calling for big rain, I end up getting up a couple of hours checking on the ball field and ready for a quick escape,” Gralow said.

Police in all three municipalities did not report an injuries or significant damage from the high waters.

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