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PHOTOS & VIDEO: Flash flooding submerges area, hitting West End especially hard

With more than five inches of rain falling since Wednesday and more on the way, roadways are submerged across Richmond, with the West End being hit especially hard. Schools are closed, roadways are washed, out, and several water rescues have taken place.

Trevor Dickerson



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.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.