(CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va.) — Road closures around Richmond are causing problems for drivers, but some aren’t taking precautions.
A stretch of Hopkins Road, on the edge of the Richmond and Chesterfield County line, was closed all afternoon, according to Chesterfield County Police. Part of the road was flooded, with water that couldn’t get into the drain. It’s about half a mile away from Falling Creek Elementary and Middle schools.
Chris Quidort, who lives on the street, was trying to help his neighbors out, clearing out the drainage ditch that was filled with leaves and twigs.
Drivers were still whizzing by the bend in the road despite the signs.
“They were holding up the barrier, they were just driving underneath it and that’s what gets people hurt,” Quidort said. “The barriers are up there for a reason.”
A car had knocked over warning tape. Quidort says it’s dangerous..
“It’s a free country, we’re going to do whatever they’re going to do but when you drive into a flooded area and you can’t get out. That’s you’re fault,” Quidort said.
A reminder from safety officials, when there’s a flooded area you never know how deep the water is or if your car can make it through. Turn around, don’t drown.