Flooding at Magnolia Street underpass concerns Richmond locals


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — People in Richmond have concerns about the Magnolia Street underpass. One local who spoke with 8News said the road floods when there is heavy rainfall.

A viewer told 8News the city worked on Magnolia Street last year but claims the flooding is worse than before. 

“There’s cars riding past you and splash you and it’s not real good,” James Davis, a Richmond resident, told 8News.

The flooded Magnolia Street underpass causes cars to stop in the middle of the road and then wait until the other lane is clear to go around the huge puddle.

“It’s real bad and ya know I be walking my dog at night and it’s hard to get around it so you gotta jump,” Davis said. 

In 2012, Magnolia Street was closed because of high water. Police had to block off the area because cars were stuck on the street.

Davis walks along the street to get to work every day.

“Luckily I got tomorrow off,” Davis said. “I ain’t coming out. It be pockets around the corners, curbs, and everywhere.”

The City of Richmond has already surpassed expected rainfall totals for the entire year. 

“It’s cold, it’s rainy, it’s disgusting,” Davis explained. 

8News is still waiting to hear from the Department of Public Works about the issue and a potential solution. 

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