Danville emergency personnel conduct dozens of swift water rescues

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - Boat, after boat.

You know thank god for these guys they pulled us out and I'm just so happy to be safe, said Nick Edwards, one of more than 30 people rescued from flood water.

Crews work tirelessly pulling dozens of people from their stranded cars and flooded businesses.

"We're going through rehab right now, we'll go back out in a little bit," said emergency personnel members.

Waist deep water covers Riverside drive. Two employees at the Chevrolet Dealership were some of the first to get rescued.

"I've been there going on 15 years and I've never seen it like that. "I've been there going on 23 years and I never seen it like that."

Nick Edwards is from Atlanta Georgia, he's in town for a wedding.

"It was too fast, you know, couldn't turn around, couldn't do a U-turn, anything."

Friends held hands. Children clung to their parents. Everyone did what they could to escape dangerous waters.

"Everybody is in the same boat right now, literally," said Edwards.