Flooding in Central Virginia leads to car rescues, closed roads, trees down

A driver was rescued along Gayton Road in Henrico County. (Source: NBC12)
A driver was rescued along Gayton Road in Henrico County. (Source: NBC12)
Published: May. 18, 2018 at 10:34 AM EDT|Updated: May. 20, 2018 at 6:51 PM EDT
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(WWBT) - Massive flooding in Central Virginia led to several car rescues, closed roads, and trees down.

Mother Nature uprooted a tree on Monument Avenue Friday. The tree then fell over onto the road.

This happened near Blacker Street.

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In Goochland, the water and rescue team was on Riddles Bridge Road for three hours on Friday morning rescuing two people stuck in a car, according to a witness.

However, Sheriff Agnew says the road is an issue, and the driver ignored the signs of a road closure and got stuck. The two people in the car had to be rescued by a ladder truck.

Sheriff Agnew also says the road was "completely washed away" and that crews are dealing with other road closures due to high water and washouts.

There is no word if the driver was issued a summons.

In Ashland, a car was trapped under a bridge on Horseshoe Bridge Road.

A portion of Route 30, near Kings Dominion, was washed away due to the storms.

In Hanover, a woman said Old CC Road in Ruther Glen collapsed as her son was driving. There were only a few inches of water on the road, the viewer said.

In Henrico, a woman had to be rescued early Friday morning as water covered her car.

The rescue took place about 6 a.m. on Gayton Road and Cedarbluff Drive. The woman did not suffer any injuries.

The Henrico County Division of Fire said the car's headlights were submerged, and water continued to rise, covering the door handles of the vehicle.

In Buckingham, Oak Hill Road was overtaken by the flooding water. Also, the water caused the dam to break at Allen's Lake, according to a viewer.

A viewer sent us drone video of the flooding in Powhatan.

Despite the high waters across Central Virginia, on Saturday, a viewer sent in a photo of what appeared to be a man surfing in the James River near Pony Pasture.

A man was also seen paddle boarding in the James River.


High water was reported throughout Central Virginia as heavy rain fell on Friday morning. Additional heavy rain is expected Friday afternoon and evening.

The rain also flooded lanes of I-195 near near Broad Street, which caused a miles-long backup Friday morning.

There are several reports of washed out roads in the area where the rain was heaviest, mostly north and west of Richmond.

Henrico fire officials say water is 3 feet high in some places of the West End, and water is moving into yards and near homes.

Gayton Road is one of the worst affected with 3 feet of water covering the road in some places.

VDOT is reporting difficult passage on Broad Street near 288, Midlothian Turnpike near Providence Road and Hull Street near Courthouse Road.

Downed power lines also closed part of River Road in Goochland County.

Several school districts have announced closures due to the weather, including Hanover and Henrico counties.


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