More than five inches of rain has fallen since Wednesday of this week, and as heavy, tropical-like rainfall from a system making its way up the Atlantic coast continues to pummel the area, more flooding is expected.
Low-lying areas across Richmond, particularly the West End of Henrico, have been hard hit. Patterson Avenue at Lauderdale Drive is completely submerged by high water, forcing Patterson’s closure. Creeks and riverbeds have also overrun their banks. In the West End, Deep Run Creek is flooding the Raintree subdivision, and the creek alongside Echo Lake Park is flooding Springfield Road. A driver also had to be rescued from rising water on Gayton Road, according to Henrico Police.
In Downtown Richmond, the Downtown Expressway has flooded near Carytown, causing a six-mile backup during morning rush hour.
Both Henrico and Hanover County schools are closed today due to the flooding and continued rainfall.
We’re continuing to collect photos and videos from around the area. Remember to “turn around and don’t drown,” as the old adage goes, and stay safe.
— Megan Wise (@MegWiseNBC12) May 18, 2018
Greenwood road in hanover County
PIC by Heather Fletcher
**BE SAFE** pic.twitter.com/di5DztsM2d
— Andrew Freiden (@AndrewNBC12) May 18, 2018
"Turn around, don't drown". The water may be higher than you think. Use caution when you see standing or flowing water on the roadways pic.twitter.com/2lkLt6MXOv
— Henrico Police (@HenricoPolice) May 18, 2018
— Candice Smith (@CandiceNBC12) May 18, 2018
BREAKING: I’m also being told there’s another break in the road a little over a quarter of a mile from this one, so anyone in between the two is locked in for now. VDOT crews are on scene working to get this issue fixed. pic.twitter.com/Fo1GWiz0kY
— Nick Conigliaro 8News (@NConigliaroNews) May 18, 2018
— WTVR CBS 6 Richmond (@CBS6) May 18, 2018
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