Rain Brings Flooding, Traffic Issues to Area

Thursday, Sep 30, 2010  |  Updated 9:33 PM EDT
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4:25 p.m.: How are the storms affecting air traffic on the East Coast?  Good question.  Here are the latest delays:

  • Due to WX / THUNDERSTORMS, departure traffic destined to Newark International Airport, Newark, NJ (EWR) is currently experiencing delays averaging 2 hours and 13 minutes.
  • Due to WX / THUNDERSTORMS, departure traffic destined to John F Kennedy International Airport, New York, NY (JFK) is currently experiencing delays averaging 4 hours.
  • Due to WX / LOW CEILINGS, departure traffic destined to La Guardia Airport, New York, NY (LGA) is currently experiencing delays averaging 1 hour and 46 minutes.
  • Due to WX / LOW CEILINGS, departure traffic destined to Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA (PHL) is currently experiencing delays averaging 36 minutes.

4:10 p.m.: An update from our friends in Leonardtown, Md.  They've now picked up 9.14 inches of rain during the storms. 

2:30 p.m.: DDOT is closing the left lane of the inbound 11th Street Bridge Ramp to the Southeast-Southwest Freeway due to flooding from ongoing heavy rain.  To avoid delays motorist are advised to consider alternate routes including:

• Exiting the bridge at 12th Street, SE and taking M Street to 4th Street to
access the SE/SW Freeway
• Or continuing on northbound I-295/DC 295 to reach points north.

Crews are working to fully reopen all lanes of the ramp to traffic in time for this afternoon’s peak rush hour.

1:30 p.m.: D.C.'s DPW said that sand bags are available for residents at New Jersey Avenue and K Street SE due to possible flooding and high standing water.

11:20 a.m.:  DC Fire and EMS tweets:  Rhode Island Avenue NE - Four vehicles in water - 600 blk RI ave NE, total 5 people needing assistance - EMS Evaluating several.  More info when we get it.

11 a.m.: Nearly 7 inches of rain now has been recorded in Annapolis.  Seems like the Bay area has been really hard.

10:40 a.m.: Authorities have re-opened all lanes of I-395 in Arlington after the crash.  State police said the crash happened just before 9 a.m. Tuesday when the driver of a 2007 Infiniti SUV traveling south apparently lost control of her vehicle. The SUV overturned at least twice before coming to rest. A female driver and her two children were transported to a hospital. All three were wearing seat belts.  Source: AP

10:20 a.m.: Authorities have closed two southbound lanes of I-395 in Arlington after a single-vehicle crash sent three people to the hospital. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says that the two left lanes are closed near exit 8A, which is near the Pentagon, according to the AP.

10:10 a.m.: More coverage of the Metrobus crash involving students can be found here: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local-beat/23-people-injured-in-Metro-bus-accident-104078089.html

9:50 a.m.:  How's this for the "wow" factor:  Leonardtown, Md., has recorded 7.28 inches of rain in the past 48 hours.   Meanwhile, Park Police report standing water at 17th and Independence Avenue SW in the District is impacting traffic.

9:20 a.m.: As the rain continues to fall and tornado warnings are issued, we get an updated rainfall total from reader Donna Williams:  I live in Park Hall, Md., about 5 miles south of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, and according to our rain gauge on the back deck we have had 8 inches of rain since last night.

8:10 a.m.: In the District, there is standing water at Virginia Ave NW. Virginia Avenue is closed from 21st Street NW to 25th Street NW.

7:55 a.m.: Update in Montgomery County, University Boulevard is closed eastbound at Burnett Street (about 1 mile north of the Beltway) due to the Metrobus accident. There are delays on University Boulevard in both directions.  Two of three westbound lanes are open.  Police said 17 people are injured.  Four of those have serious injuries.  Police said a number of the injured are Montgomery Blair High School students.

7:45 a.m.: In St. Mary's County, Route 244 Medleys Neck Road is closed due to flooding, according to NWS weather spotter.

7:40 a.m.: Two Metro buses were involved in a crash just after 7 a.m. at University Boulevard and Brunett Avenue in Silver Spring. One reportedly rear-ended the other. Sixteen passengers have been injured; 11 with minor injuries and five with serious injuries. None appear to be life-threatening.

7:30 a.m.: The following road closures have been reported in Fairfax County:

Morningside Drive at Prosperity Ave.
Woodburn Road between Robey Ave. and Guinevere Dr.

High Water reported at:

Old Courthouse Rd./Beulah Rd., Vienna -- High Water in the area - only passable going one way.
Westfields Blvd./Walding Rd, Chantilly -- High water

7 a.m.: A swift-water rescue was reported in the Annadale area of Woodburn Road Park at Tobin Road.

6:30 a.m.: While it may not have been caused by weather, a jack-knifed tractor-trailer caused tremendous backups on the Inner Loop early Thursday morning.

The incident happened just before 4 a.m. on the Inner Loop just before Bradley Boulevard. This was a single-vehicle accident. The driver was taken to a local hospital in an unknown condition. All three lanes were blocked by the truck. Maryland State Police were getting vehicles around the accident via the shoulder of I-495. A tow truck came to the scene to move the truck.


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