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Petersburg workers rescued after becoming trapped in floodwaters

Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 7:27 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 9, 2021 at 6:14 PM EDT
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PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - Rain from Tropical Storm Elsa caused flash flooding in Petersburg, which quickly caused city workers to become trapped in floodwaters.

Crews rescued two public works employees from the roofs of vehicles on Thursday night.

Officials said the crews were out on Madison and Bollingbrook streets putting up signage when the water rapidly rose, causing them to get stuck.

The two were rescued and are now safe.

A spokesperson said that 70 percent of roadways in Petersburg were closed due to flooding on Thursday. Residents are asked to stay home and off the roadways.

“It is dangerous. It’s quite dangerous. Even roads that may not be blocked off, which is 30% of them, there could be lots of ponding that you might not see that could cause an accident,” Petersburg spokesperson Joanne Williams said.

A Ford Mustang also became stuck in high water on Wythe Street. NBC12′s Brent Solomon reports that the driver tried to push the car out after it stalled.

Petersburg police said the following roads, as of 5 p.m. on July 9, are closed due to high water:

  • Franklin Street - tree down
  • Roylart Road - tree down

Across Central Virginia, anywhere from 2-5 inches of rain is possible.

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