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    Six people rescued from flooded roads in Loudoun County

    Loudoun emergency personnel rescued six people from water last night and into the early hours today as a storm dropped up to 4 ½ inches of rain in a matter of hours.

    From 6 p.m. Wednesday to 4 p.m.. Thursday Loudoun Fire and Rescue throughout the county responded to individuals who attempted to drive their vehicle through flooded roads.

    The storm dumped from 3 to 4 ½ inches of rain on Loudoun County, according to Howard Silverman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Paeonian Springs was hit the hardest with 4 ½ inches of rain, Silverman said.

    At 6 p.m. Wednesday Loudoun County crews pulled an individual from their vehicle on Short Hill Road and Silverbrook Lane in Purcellville. The vehicle stalled in standing water on the flooded road, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The individual was treated at the scene by EMS.

    Another driver was pulled to safety about 9:49 p.m. Wednesday when they tried to drive their SUV through high water and was swept down stream at Snickersville Turnpike and Hibbs Bride Road in Purcellville. Crews from Philomont, Purcellville, Aldie, Middleburg, Leesburg and Lucketts coordinated an effort with several boats to rescue the person.

    By 2:45 a.m. Thursday crews from South Riding, Moorefield and Arcola used a combination of shallow water crossing and rope rescue techniques to save a driver on Evergreen Mills and Belmont Ridge roads in Ashburn. The driver, according to reports, tried to drive through a flooded area and was swept off the road. The driver was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

    Two minutes later, on Lime Kiln Road in the area of Goose Creek Lane in Leesburg, a resident became stranded on the roof of their vehicle after trying to cross the flooded road. Crews, according to Loudoun Fire and Rescue, were able to reach the victim by boat and remove the driver from the car. They were evaluated on scene by EMS and released.

    At 4:25 a.m. Thursday two individuals in a pick-up truck were rescued on Watson and Evergreen Mills roads in Leesburg after they tried to drive through high water. They were treated and released at the scene.

     

    Comments

    A BIG thank you to Loco Fire/EMS for saving these people.  These drivers put the rescuer’s lives at risk from their poor judgement.


    when will people learn, if there is water don’t drive through it, turn around so you don’t (possibly) drown.

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