UPDATE: 5:20 P.M.: An 87-year-old man got trapped in his car Monday morning while trying to drive down a flooded street in Pulaski, according to Dora Highway residents.
“The water swished him away and brought him down here,” said Catherine Dalton. “The car got turned around backwards. There was two gentlemen that went over there and got the guy out of the vehicle, so he is out and safe and home.”
The water rose quickly, about a foot every half hour, according to Pulaski’s fire chief.
Dalton says this was only the third time in 30 years that both ends of her street were blocked off because of flooding.
“Well this bridge right here,” she said, gesturing, “the water was all the way up to the top, you could not see the little playset for the kids.”
“The picnic shelter, [the water] was two feet from the roof.”
Larry Martin’s family has dealt with flooding on Lottier Bottom Road for 70 years.
“When it gets real bad it just comes through and washes this road out,” he said.
He said the water seemed to be receding quickly.
“If you would look about where these signs that they put out, it was up this far.”
The flooding kept the Fire Department busy with rescues, like two people who were trapped in their home Monday morning and got to safety with the help of the Special Operations Team from Pulaski ounty.
“Last I heard they’re doing well,” said Pulaski Fire Chief Robbie Kiser. “We relocated them to I think their family, some more family in here in town, and they were okay, just trapped in their house, couldn’t get out. No injuries.”
Kiser said no people were killed or injured, but, he said, some pets did get washed away and died.
UPDATE 11:30 A.M.: Two cars were pulled from a sinkhole at Duncan Acura-Audi in Roanoke.
(WFXR) — Photos and videos of Monday morning’s flooding have started to arrive at WFXR News, including photos of water rescues in Pulaski and Bedford. Roads are also flooded along Tinker Creek in Vinton.
The Roanoke Police Department warns drivers of water and debris in roadways.
Areas of Pulaski County were hit with flash flooding overnight:
Video Courtesy: Charity Cole Lytton
Water rescues have occurred in Pulaski, Santiago Melli-Huber reports.
Regional Swift Water Team members, from the City of Roanoke and Salem Fire & EMS, responded to a patient trapped in a vehicle in Craig County:
Authorities say Bedford County Special Operations Command, Bedford Fire Department, and Forest Fire Department conducted a swift water rescue on Otterville Road Monday morning to assist a motorist whose vehicle was disabled by the high water levels.
The Giles County Sheriff’s Office shared photos of a power pole that snapped on Green Valley Rd. due to heavy flooding:
Laura Hernandez sent a video of flooding from early Monday morning in Montgomery County near exit 128 on I-81. She says the flooding was on Northfork Road at the low bridge between the Lancer truck stop and Ironto.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo of the flooded roadways on North Fork Road, reminding motorists to “Turn around, don’t drown!”
A member of the WFXR News team sent in pictures of Monday morning’s flooding from Mountain Pass Road in Blue Ridge.
The College Lake spillway in Lynchburg had high water levels this morning, but according to Lynchburg Water Resources, the water levels are now dropping: