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    Chelsea firefighters rescue eight trapped in submerged vehicles

    Tuesday’s storm led to rescues of eight people trapped in submerged vehicles in two sections of Chelsea where drainage systems couldn’t keep up with the sudden, heavy inundation of water, according to the Chelsea Fire Department.

    About 5 p.m., firefighters rescued the driver and three passengers from a vehicle overrun by water on Third Street, and drivers and a passenger were pulled from three separate cars on Vale Street by firefighters in water suits near the same time, Chelsea Fire Deputy Chief Wayne Ulwick said Wednesday.

    “People, they just drive through the water. It’s amazing,” Ulwick said.

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    He said all of those who had been trapped were uninjured, and the cars were towed after the waters subsided. He could not say early Wednesday whether the vehicles were totaled.

    Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.