May 26, found Chesterfield County
plagued with flash flood complications
and close call rescues.One such rescue
occurred on Spring Run Rd.
"The call came in about 3:45." said
Battalion Chief Bowman."People were stranded
in fast rising water.Two Engines 19 & 7
responded,one truck from 7,Chesterfield
Scuba Team from Station 14,and two ambulances
from Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad."
A car with three passengers headed down
Spring Run encountered high water.The water
suddenly began to rise and the car stalled
out.Two of the three managed to get out,
the third,a 23 yr old man was swept downstream.
He grabbed a tree and hung on.Rescue workers
zoomed into action.
"The Scuba Team,wearing wet suits and
flotation devices went to work," explained
Bowman,"the Divers had ropes and throw bags."
The rescue which could have easily been
a fatality in the angry,rushing water,
ended in safety.The incident took about
an hour.
-Becky Robinette Wright
Chesterfield