UPDATES: Heavy rain triggers flash flooding across Central Virginia


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Severe storms and heavy rainfall on Friday flooded many areas and caused damage throughout Central Virginia. 

There have reports of flooding on South Crater Road in Prince George County. 8News viewers have shared incredible photos of flooding in front of homes:

8News visited Forest Hill Park and found a road closed and extensive damage caused from the heavy rainfall: 

Overnight storms caused flash flooding across the Richmond area, forcing roads to close, stranding drivers and impacting the Richmond International Airport. 

Richmond Fire crews responded to at least a half a dozen water rescue calls, and Henrico Fire rescued people from seven cars in high water.

Around 4 a.m., multiple cars were stuck on Westover Hills Boulevard and Forest Hill Avenue. 

VIDEO: Flooding on Westover Hill Blvd and Forest Hill Ave

Richmond International Airport (RIC) was closed for several hours Friday morning after receiving seven inches of rain overnight. 

The airport reopened shortly after 9 a.m., though the scene inside was choatic as stranded passengers coped with delays and cancellations.

RAW VIDEO: Flooding impacts Richmond International Airport

Just after 10 a.m., RIC said in a tweet that flood waters have receded on area roadways, the terminal and garage parking areas are accessible, and the airfield has clear paths for aircraft. Shortly before noon, police sent an updated list of road closures in Henrico County:

•    Wilson Road at Laburnum Avenue
•    Charles City Rd b/w Turner Rd. and Yahley Mill Rd.
•    Bickerstaff Rd at Oakland Rd.
•    Poplar Spring Rd. south of Portugee Rd.  
•    Portuguee Rd. b/w LaFrance Rd. and Memorial Dr
•    Beulah Rd. b/w Charles City Rd. and the railroad tracks

VIDEO: Flooding on I-64W near Laburnum exit

VDOT also noted closures on Interstate 64 in Eastern Henrico near the airport. Around 6:30 a.m., VDOT said in a tweet that all eastbound and westbound lanes reopened and that the detour was lifted. 

Further east in Henrico County, an 8News viewer sent video of flooding along the Virginia Capitol Trail on Route 5 in Varina.

RAW: Flooding along the Virginia Capitol Trail in Varina

Elsewhere, residents of a Richmond mobile home development were forced out of their homes the flash flooding.

“It was hard, my little niece was terrified,” resident Vanessa Smith said. “I had to carry my son and my youngest niece. The water, it was up to my knees.”

A GRTC bus responded to the development on McDonough Street to serve as a temporary shelter.

The neighborhood is in a low-lying area that floods regularly, residents tell 8News.

WATCH: GRTC bus used as shelter for families forced out of homes by flooding

Stay with 8News for updates on this developing story. 

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