Storms rip through Richmond region, causing flooding & downed trees


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Powerful storms that raged throughout parts of Central Virginia Thursday night has caused flooding to several roadways, downed trees and power outages.

In Richmond, on the east side of Magnolia Street, near Woodland Cemetery, a car was almost engulfed in standing water under the bridge. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Vianney Kiambula, told 8News the road was clear before rainfall quickly flooded the roadway.

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Kiambula says he was trapped after becoming surrounded by water.

“The bow of water came and hit him,” said Vianney’s brother David Bahati, who was driving behind and sprung into action to save him.

“I entered the water, entering the water, the water was too high for me. The water was here,” Bahati said, motioning his hand to his neck.

He said he called 911 and arriving officer helped rescue Vianney.

“They rescued me, man, they rescued me,” Vianney told 8News.

8News also observed two other vehicles stopped by water at Fairfield Avenue and Kane Street in Richmond.

Vehicles stopped by water at Fairfield Avenue and Kane Street in Richmond. (Photo: 8News’ Jacob Sexton)

In Chesterfield County, high water was reported in the following areas:

  • Redbridge Road
  • North Pinetta Drive & Brucewood Drive
  • Lucks Lane & Courthouse Road

8News’ cameras were rolling as a car was pulled from a ditch on N. Pinetta Drive following a torrential downpour.

Following storms in the area, a car was pulled from a ditch on N. Pinetta Drive Thursday night. (Photo: 8News’ Jacob Sexton)

A downed tree also blocked the roadway in the 7300 block of Jahnke Road, blocking off westbound lanes in the process.

A tree down on Jahnke Road has all westbound lanes blocked off. (Photo: 8News’ Jacob Sexton)

Also, in Chesterfield, crews worked to help evacuate residents from the Cloverleaf Lake Townhouse apartment complex after reports of multiple flooded apartments.

In Beaverdam, the storm brought several trees down in the street.

One viewer, who provided photos, told 8News’ John Bernier that Beaverdam authorities said that 25 to 30 trees were down in the street.


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