Heavy rainfall causes flooding across Central Virginia

Updated: Aug. 7, 2020 at 8:25 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Heavy rainfall on Thursday evening once again caused flooding problems across Central Virginia.

Several flood warnings and advisories were prompted throughout the evening as heavy rain fell throughout the region for the third day in a row.

Police had to shut down a portion of the roadway behind the Kroger in North Chesterfield so they could get to residents at the Cloverleaf Townhome Apartments who were in need of dire help.

Rescue crews could be seen using boats to rescue people from high floodwaters, including a family who was brought to safety. Officials said the bottom floor of one apartment building had minor flooding with two inches inside after the initial downpour, but another heavy rainfall happened again later in the evening.

Crews were to rescue those from a flooded apartment in Chesterfield.
Crews were to rescue those from a flooded apartment in Chesterfield.(NBC12)

Chesterfield County officials confirmed that the following locations closed due to high water:

  • 9000 Redbridge Road
  • North Pinetta Drive and Brucewood Drive
  • Lucks Lane and Courthouse Road

In Bon Air at North Pinetta Drive and Brucewood Drive, a stream flooded there and caused some of the roadway to erode. NBC12′s A.J. Nwoko has a look at what the scene looked like in the video below.

A.J. Nwoko NBC12 isin Chesterfield monitoring storm and flooding conditions.

Posted by NBC12 on Thursday, August 6, 2020

The road in that area of North Pinetta and Brucewood drives had been blocked off earlier after a car ran into a ditch trying to navigate the road that was flooding. At this point no word of anyone being hurt at this scene.

An NBC12 viewer sent us the video below of flooding along Old Carrollton Road in Chesterfield County.

In Richmond, a tree came down on Jahnke Road during rush hour and caused it to close for several hours near the Chippenham Parkway. There was also flooding in the area.

In the city’s Fairfield neighborhood, on Fairfield Avenue near Kane Street, two cars tried to drive through high water and became stuck. When NBC12 crews arrived at the scene, the cars looked to be abandoned and the drivers were able to get themselves out.

Here is a look at storm damage across Central Virginia:

The city’s Department of Public Utilities said that it had cleaned out flood-prone drains and inlets in the city prior to Isaias’ arrival. Crews had been cleaning out more flooded drains as of Thursday, and a department spokesperson says that DPU has responded to 100 flood calls this week so far.

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