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Roads Remain Flooded After Downpours, High Water Trap DC-Area Drivers

Floodwaters began to recede by Friday morning, but some roads were still impassable, especially in Maryland

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Drivers had to be rescued from vehicles trapped in floodwaters and some parkways were shut down as pockets of heavy rain powered through the D.C. area Thursday.

The deluge brought 3-6 inches of rain down onto the region, according to the National Weather Service. That includes recorded rainfall totals that reached 4.55 inches in Aspen Hill, Maryland, 3.31 inches in D.C. and 3.12 inches in Alexandria, Virginia.

Hours of rainfall soaked the D.C. region, causing flash flooding that stranded dozens of drivers. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.

Impacts from floodwaters lingered early Friday.

Road closures included Beach Drive between East-West Highway and Wyndale as well as Sligo Creek Parkway between Forest Glen Road and Maple Avenue. Part of Colesville Road was closed so inspectors could evaluate the NW Branch Bridge.

Colesville Road in Montgomery County is among streets that remained closed Friday morning after rain storms dumped upwards of 3 inches of rain on parts of the D.C. area. News4's Justin Finch reports.

Stretches of Columbia Pike and Kensington Parkway were closed after being inundated with water for upwards of 11 hours, Montgomery County police said.

Multiple Metrobus lines were rerouted or delayed. At least four MARC train departures on the Brunswick and Penn lines were canceled because crew or equipment were not available following service disruptions.

A flood warning for east central Prince George's County remains in effect until 8 a.m. Here’s a full list of weather alerts.

Photos: Floods Lead to Water Rescues in the DC Metro Area

Due to the extreme flooding service was suspended on MARC's Penn Line between Washington and New Carrollton Thursday evening.

Multiple water rescues have occurred in the metro area.

After rain deluged the region Thursday morning and afternoon, drivers found themselves trapped around the metro area as roadways flooded.

Montgomery County Fire was called to help two people escape a car trapped in high water at Dorset Avenue and Little Falls Parkway in Kenwood.

“I’d say in the first half hour we handled about 50 or 60 calls for service,” said Pete Piringer of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. “A lot of those were people who were stuck in high water. A lot of the witnesses and people tell me that the water was like a wave in some cases.”

DC Fire used a banana boat to check submerged vehicles in the 600 block of Rhode Island Ave. in Northeast D.C. A flash flood warning hit parts of D.C. and Montgomery County on Thursday, leading to multiple water rescues in the area. Credit: DC Fire

Video shows a sedan stuck in muddy-looking water at a flooded intersection. Rescuers were seen guiding a woman through water that reached halfway to their knees.

D.C. Fire & EMS have reported "numerous" water rescues in the District. In the 600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE, several vehicles were trapped in floodwaters beneath the railroad bridge there. At least one car was seen fully submerged to its rooftop.

Crews paddled through the floodwaters in an inflatable boat to check for any possible occupants of those vehicles. They said about 3 p.m. that they hadn't yet found anyone who was trapped, but one patient who had been in the water was being evaluated.

At Kenilworth and Burroughs avenues NE, police and firefighters responded to help two people who were stuck on the roof of their vehicle.

In Maryland, the following parkways have shut down due to the heavy rain: Beach Drive, Sligo Creek Parkway between Piney Branch and Maple Avenue, and Little Falls Parkway at MacArthur and Dorset Avenue.

The Maryland State Highway Administration closed Colesville Road between University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue in Montgomery County due to flooding. The road will be inspected after the water recedes.

Flash flooding also blocked U.S. 50 east of Kenilworth Avenue NE. Several cars became submerged.

From about 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Metrorail trains bypassed the Takoma station due to the weather, and commuters were advised to use Metrobus route K2 to travel between Fort Totten and Takoma.

Parts of northern St. Mary's County were deluged with nearly 4 inches of rain between midnight and mid-morning Thursday.

Thursday was also extremely humid, with highs around 77°- 82°.

Remember: Never drive into a flooded roadway.

Friday and Saturday will be cloudy, with chances of rain, but those days aren't expected to be total washouts. However, any sunshine you see on those two days will be measured in minutes, not hours.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a few showers possible by the evening.

Rain and thunderstorm chances go up Sunday, and it will also be warmer and more humid. Be ready for periods of heavy rain during the afternoon and evening.

Cool, dry air from Canada will eventually push a cold front through on Monday afternoon. This will signal the end of the gray, wet stretch of weather and leave us with sunshine and cooler than average temperatures for most of next week.

Stay with Storm Team4 for the latest forecast.

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