PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Firefighters in Pittsfield have rescued several motorists after they became trapped in their vehicles by flash flooding.

Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Kilmer says a severe thunderstorm late Monday afternoon quickly overwhelmed storm drains, leaving at least four cars nearly submerged in the area of New York Avenue and Merrill Road.

Firefighters waded through waist-deep water to carry stranded motorists to safety, including at least one elderly woman. Several dogs were also rescued from the vehicles.

Kilmer says while some of those rescued appeared to be in early stages of hypothermia, no serious injuries were reported and no one required hospitalization.

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