VIDEO: Parts of Richmond are still drying out after Monday afternoon’s heavy downpours, which caused flash flooding in some areas, and prompted an intense water rescue on the city’s southside.
Richmond Fire crews rescued an elderly woman and a minor from her car, which was submerged in water on Bainbridge Street. Firefighters used rafts to reach the pair trapped inside, as water rose above the car’s windows.
"The lady (pulled from the car) was so scared,” said neighbor Bayron Mash-Garcia, who saw the rescue in action.
Neighbors who watched the rescue say the storm water backup has never been worse in their Swansboro neighborhood.
“It’s been bad. Cars have gotten stuck, but not quite as bad as yesterday,” said Frederick Braxton, who has lived on Bainbridge Street for 21 years, and lives directly across from where the cars became trapped.