Somerville Underpass Floods Quickly, Woman Rescued - NECN

Somerville Underpass Floods Quickly, Woman Rescued



    (NECN: Tom Langford, Somerville, Mass.) - Heavy rains caused flash flooding in Somerville on Saturday afternoon, quickly rushing water into an underpass where vehicles got stuck.

    On Route 28 in Somerville near I-93, the underpass was completely filled with water on Saturday evening. In the underpass were about four or five cars, and when the water rushed in all the cars got stuck. The water had risen almost to the ceiling of the underpass, one witness said.

    One woman, unable to swim, was stranded atop her car. An off-duty firefighter and State Police trooper went into the water with an inflatable tube to bring her to safety.

    "I was horrified because I can't swim at all -- I can't even do the dog paddle," an emotional Christine Broderick said. "Luckily, her friend called somebody and that guy saved me -- Mike Marino."

    Jennifer DeLacey said the water rushed in quickly, too powerful for her car to handle.

    "A big gush of water came, and I was in reverse, and it just completely took my car," DeLacey said. "The water was coming higher and higher, and I didn't know what to do."

    Dive teams were in the water Saturday evening, making sure there was no other victims in the water. Officials believe everyone got out safely.