Brief heavy rains impact drivers in flooded areas around Lynchburg


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- In just a short time, water covered several lawns and stretches of roads. Some drivers were caught off guard, and others decided to take a risk.

"Two weeks ago, it was a black Jeep Cherokee last time. This time, I was sitting in my living room and I just heard the splash," said David Culp.

Culp wasn't surprised when a driver got stuck on Lindsay Street, just outside his home near Twin Oak Drive.

"This poor lady is just stuck in her tiny little car in the middle of the water," he said. "At that point, the water was so deep , she couldn't open her door, or else it would have flooded the inside of the vehicle."

Officers were on the scene as the driver waited for a tow truck.

"It's pretty crazy. It was pretty fun to swim in my backyard a little bit last time," joked Culp.

Water in other areas around town quickly receded, but at least one particular patch stuck around.

"I keep thinking as they go through that it will go down, but it doesn't seem to be," said Kathy Fitzgerald, who was observing drivers while having dinner with her husband at Muscle Maker Grill.

Some found the scene outside Muscle Maker Grill behind Sam's a bit dangerous.

"A lot of small cars going by, and I'm thinking, 'You're not gonna make it, you're not gonna make it,'" Fitzgerald said. "A lot of the trucks, they just start and they ram up real fast, and water just goes everywhere."

She and others also found it entertaining.

"It's fun. I wouldn't do it personally, because I wouldn't want to take the chance. My car's low, but hey, a truck, yeah, go for it," she said.

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