🚨 50 MINUTES APART: These photos from East 31st Street & Maury Street should give you some perspective on the impact of tonight’s flash floods in the City of Richmond. The first photo was taken around 4:30 p.m. as strong storms started to roll through the area. pic.twitter.com/4eVpEeS9Hm— Richmond Fire Department (@RFDVA) June 9, 2021
RICHMOND — The Richmond Fire Department rescued 19 people from their vehicles on Wednesday after scattered storms moving through the region caused flash flooding around Central Virginia.
“It’s been a busy evening for our WR Team,” the department said on Twitter. The tweet said that between 4:27 and 5:22 p.m., the team was dispatched to more than a dozen vehicle in high water calls and rescued 17 people. Then a couple hours later, at 7:51 p.m., they rescued two more people.
“They have done some incredible work,” the tweet said.
It's been a busy evening for our WR Team. Between 4:27 & 5:22 p.m., they were dispatched to more than a dozen vehicle in high water calls & rescued 17 people. Then at 7:51 p.m., they responded to another, where they rescued two more people. They have done some incredible work. pic.twitter.com/WiuCfkUe0Y— Richmond Fire Department (@RFDVA) June 10, 2021
Several flood advisories and warnings were issued Wednesday due to slow-moving storms and scattered thunderstorms have been forecast for Thursday.
Emergency officials are reminding drivers to “turn around and don't drown.”
Augustine Doe, Swansboro Civic Association president, told WWBT-TV that flash flooding on Richmond’s southside is nothing new but added “I’ve noticed that there’s been work done on it quite recently so it recedes faster than ever."
Even with the work that has been done on the drainage issues, Doe said the city still has a long way to go on fixing the problem.