6 residents, 2 dogs rescued from flooded Chesterfield apartment complex

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield County Fire & EMS helped rescue six tenants and two dogs from Cloverleaf Lake Townhouse Apartments after multiple units became flooded Thursday night following heavy rainfall.

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A tweet from Chesterfield Fire sent just after 8 p.m. read, “CFEMS on scene at 6900 block of Starview Ct with a working scuba rescue incident. Multiple apartments flooded. Units checking for subjects needing to be evacuated.”

Emergency crews deployed scubas after the front entrance of the apartment complex flooded. 8News has learned crews rescued multiple people after the first floor of the apartment complex flooded.

According to Chesterfield Fire & EMS, two adults, four children and two dogs were rescued.

Water was estimated to have reached above two inches.

“I woke up and I looked in the back and the water was coming into my house,” said resident Janelle Cottman. Recounting Thursday night’s events, she told 8News she noticed that the water was rising through her back door. She adds that she even saw some of her belongings submerged in water.

Emergency crews asked if she wanted to go to dry land but she chose to stay to protect her dogs.

“They said get onto the second floor, it’s probably not going to rise that high and if it gets higher than that, we’ll come back and get you,” Cottman said.

The grounds, however, had become completely covered in water.

“We have to move our cars all the way to the other side of the complex,” said resident Shanel Caleb.

Caleb told 8News she moved her car to higher ground after other neighbors had done the same.

“It’s typical,” Caleb said.

Residents told 8News its not the first they’ve dealt with evacuations while living at the apartment complex located on Starview Court.

“Be mindful when it rains out here because it has a tendency to flood,” Caleb said.

The Red Cross reached out to the evacuated family to assist. The family declined, however. At the scene Thursday night, fire crews told 8News that no was hurt.

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