Overnight Rains Flood Bristow Streets

Low-lying areas flooded, with Piper Lane under about two feet of water

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  |  Updated 5:41 PM EDT
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A man had to be rescued after his truck got stuck on a flooded street in Bristow. News4's Megan McGrath has more.

Megan McGrath

A man had to be rescued after his truck got stuck on a flooded street in Bristow. News4's Megan McGrath has more.

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Major Flooding in Bristow

Overnight rains have caused major flooding in Bristow, Va. News4's Megan McGrath is on Piper Lane with more.

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Do NOT try this at home! A truck drives through a flooded area in Bristow following overnight rains.
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Some roads were looking more like lakes Tuesday morning in Bristow, Va., where overnight rains have caused some major flooding.

Low-lying areas are flooded, with Piper Lane under about two feet of water, reported News4's Megan McGrath.

A flood warning for Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County in Virginia expired at 5:15 p.m. Flooding continued from the overnight rainfall, especially along Kettle Run Creek, Bull Run and Cedar Run.

The area received 3-5 inches of rain, and the water level at Lake Jackson Dam has risen above normal, prompting the evacuation of two nearby residences. The water level was receding Tuesday afternoon, and the situation at the dam is under constant monitoring.

Several roads are closed on the western and southern parts of the Prince William County, especially in the Brentsville school district. Buses may be delayed or unable to complete their routes, according to the school district. More information will be posted when available. In Bristow, a small creek runs parallel to the flooded Piper Lane, and with so much rain overnight Monday, there was nowhere else for the water to go. Water in the overflowing creek is running swiftly.

Piper Lane is a well-traveled road en route to the Broad VRE station. McGrath saw many Tuesday morning commuters driving both the road, only to slam on their brakes and turn around.

Drivers should take Goodwin Drive to Wakeman Drive and access the station there.

News4 captured footage of a pickup truck driving through flooding, the water level nearly up to the doors. Authorities do not recommend driving through standing water, as flood waters are usually deeper than they appear and most flood deaths occur in vehicles. One foot of flowing water can sweep cars off the road.

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