By Tiffany Chan

WORCESTER (CBS) – The storm has passed, but the cleanup in Worcester is just beginning Friday evening.

“Oh when I saw my car, I was like oh my God,” said one man who found his car along Southbridge Street under thigh-high floodwaters. “The water was right here, but in order for me to get my car I had to pull up my pants and take my shoes to get into the water to get my car.”

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As more people discovered their car submerged, they needed buckets to clean out their vehicles.

“I have all the floor, covered with water,” said another man.

Flooding on Route 9 in Framingham from Tropical Storm Elsa (WBZ-TV)

It wasn’t any better along Route 146 in Millbury. A portion of the highway looked like a pond. The floodwaters brought tractor-trailers to a slow crawl and public works crews tried their best to clear the storm drains.

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“Mother Nature, no, I’ll never be surprised,” said Jeff Avery who watched as tow trucks rescued drivers stuck along Route 9 in Framingham.

The floodwaters reached two to three feet deep in some spots. It left at least four drivers stuck underneath an overpass, backing up traffic for a couple hours.

Floodwater on Route 146 in Millbury (WBZ-TV)

“Pandemonium,” Avery described. “Traffic everywhere and cars trying to gamble going through.”

Even the tow trucks had to wait until the flood levels receded before pulling the vehicles out.

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“I count myself lucky to get out of here,” said one driver.

Tiffany Chan