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Capital Region experiences flash flooding Wednesday

Photo: Flooding outside of the NEWS CENTER in Albany. (NEWS CENTER) Photo: Flooding outside of the NEWS CENTER in Albany. (NEWS CENTER)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- On Wednesday, the rain came so hard and so fast that much of the Capital Region experienced flash flooding – even rats were displaced!

"I've never seen rain like that in my entire life here," Jeffery Belschwinder, who sent in video of the heavy water forcing rats onto the streets, said.

The video shows how high the water got on some streets in Troy as trucks plowed through.

"You couldn't even see a couple feet in front of you at the time. It was just ridiculous," he said.

The heavy rains created massive puddles and temporary ponds along Albany roads.

"There were garbage cans floating down in the alley way," Belschwinder said.

Some drivers had to pull over because it was too dangerous to drive, and others, like Mike Jevons, got stuck.

"I sat in the parking lot till the rain let up, then I hit the puddle and shorted right out," he said.

Jevons thought he could make it, but didn't realize there was a dip in the road and the water was higher than it appeared.

"The vehicle stalled, I tried to restart it, it didn't restart," he said.

The towing companies have been busy helping people like Jevons out of rough spots during the storm.

"I was just down in Menands," Jermiah Beck of Hitman's Towing said. "There was flooding down there."

And as fast as the downpour came, the water drained out within the hour leaving behind dry roads.

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