LYNN (CBS) – Several people were rescued early Saturday morning after flash flooding left motorists stranded in Lynn.
No one was injured during the flooding, but police say they received dozens of calls for rescues.
Joesph Oise was one of the many stuck in his car surrounded by water.
“You think you are going to be fine and then it’s just like boom, now you’re are stuck,” he said.
The flooding came after a thunderstorm that rolled through the area brought heavy rain and hail.
Several major roads are closed in Lynn, including the Lynnway, Western Ave., Boston Street, Commercial Street and Broadway.
Flooding has also been reported in Winthrop and Chelsea.
Jarel Niles was driving near Market Basket in Lynn. He went to drive through what he thought was a puddle.
But the water was so deep that his car began floating away. Two people threw him a rope and helped get him to safety.
“All of the water was up to the steering wheel in the car,” Niles told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. “Those guys drove around and came back, and I really appreciate that. To be alive this morning, I was really scared. I appreciate those guys. I wish I could see them again and give them a big hug for saving me.”
The storm also turned Michael Comeau’s backyard into a pond.
“It’s probably, right now, about three and a half feet deep,” said Comeau.
“It’s frustrating, but if you’re prepared, had it happen before — I have four pumps. I started out with one, it didn’t keep up. Went to two, then went to three, got it under control,” he said.
Comeau was not alone. Other homes and businesses nearby were also left to assess damage and begin sweeping out water on Saturday afternoon.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports