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Flooding causes traffic snarls, water rescues in Richmond

All lanes on I-95 in Richmond were shut down for almost an hour Thursday after a storm passing through the area caused flooding.

RICHMOND, Va. — Author's Note: The above video is on file from Aug. 31, 2021.

Officials say heavy rains in portions of Virginia stopped traffic on interstate highways and led to a number of water rescues. 

A storm moving through the Richmond area dropped nearly 3 inches of rain in one hour. News outlets report the Richmond Fire Department responded to eight calls on Thursday for vehicles trapped in high water. 

A flash flood warning was in effect until Thursday evening. 

Earlier in the afternoon, the Virginia Department of Transportation reported all lanes of Interstate 95/64 were shut down for a time and motorists were advised to expect delays. 

In less than an hour, the highway had been reopened to traffic.