Street flooding strands drivers along SW Fwy at W. Bellfort

Traffic was a mess for hours Tuesday morning at West Bellfort and Wilcrest where drivers were flooded out by the heavy rain.

Up and down West Bellfort there were flooded cars and stranded drivers who were caught off guard by the high water and quickly found themselves in need of help.

It seemed like drivers could make it all the way down West Bellfort but most could not.

Hafeez Usmani made it half way from Wilcrest to the 59 feeder road when his Jeep Cherokee came to a stop, stranding Usmani along with his two sons.

"First time, first time with us that we didn't see high water," said Usmani.

After half an hour in the water Stephen Asumendi decided he'd wade into the water to give Usmani a hand and ended up needing help himself.

"I hit a pot hole and I went in, yeah," said Asumendi.

Back on his feet, Asumendi pushed the SUV to higher ground and Manny Jackson jumped in to finally get the water logged family to safety.

"We got to help people out, we got to help them out. See a guy stranded with his kids we are going to get him out of there," said Jackson.

The SUV is still not completely dry but the kids can now add their flood experience to the countless other drivers who did not make it very far down West Bellfort.

"Our car is so high I didn't know the water would go inside because it is a four wheel drive, I didn't know the water would go inside," said Usmani.

The area of West Bellfort routinely floods when there is heavy rain, so drivers should not be surprised this happened.

Most said they just didn't realize how high it was when they drove into the street.

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