Driver warns motorists to ‘look before you drive’ after vehicle becomes trapped in Richmond floodwaters


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The driver of a vehicle that became partially submerged in a flooded Richmond roadway following a Tuesday afternoon rainstorm has a message for commuters.

“Just look before you drive.”

That’s what Sean McCreary told 8News after being ambushed by rainfall along Bainbridge Street near West 20th in Manchester just before 3:30 p.m.

“Then when I got too far, I end up in a puddle,” McCreary told 8News reporter Ben Dennis.

Emergency crews were called to a vehicle in high water after rainstorms throughout the Richmond area Wednesday afternoon. (Photos: 8News’ Jacob Sexton)

McCreary, who was driving a four-door-sedan, told 8News that he was following a car that took a turn and quickly came in contact with a torrential downpour. McCrery adds that he almost made it through the flooded roadway before the water became too high to maneuver through.

He adds that someone nearby helped push the car backwards as far as they could.

Describing the incident to 8News afterwards, McCrery said the water “came knee high to the driver door.”

8News asked McCreary if he was scared?

“Anxious to get out of there,” he replied.

Police and fire responded, blocking the road from others falling into the same fate. A tow truck has since loaded the vehicle away. While McCreary said he’d be alright, he’s unsure if his car sustained severe damage.

“Headlights came back on, which hopefully that’s a good thing with the battery,” McCreary said. “So, hopefully, knock on wood. Hopefully, it’s good.” 


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