Heavy Rain Causes Flooding, Closed Streets in Parts of DC Area

Stay home if you can, and avoid flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles, the National Weather Service said

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Flood warnings remain in effect for D.C. and some surrounding counties after heavy rain soaked parts of the the region with multiple inches of water.

More than 2 inches of rain fell in downtown D.C. — most of it fell in about 90 minutes, Storm Team4's Chuck Bell said.

The cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax and parts of Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George's counties are under the flood warning until 4:45 p.m. due to all the standing water left behind. See all weather alerts here.

Midday Friday, the heavy rain was out of the D.C. area and falling in parts of Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

Earlier Friday morning, the weather service warned of flash flooding that could be hazardous and potentially life-threatening. The weather service said Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across some areas, with 1”-3” of rain that already fallen, although exact amounts vary by location.

A Twitter user named Patrick shared video of flooded streets in Northeast D.C. The video showed muddy water gushing over all four corners at the intersection of 19th and D Streets NE. A man was seen wading through knee-deep floodwaters.

Remember to always turn around if you encounter flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles, the weather service said.

At least two water rescues were reported in D.C.

In Northern Virginia, a driver was able to escape on their own from a car stuck in water on Old Courthouse and Beasley roads in Vienna, Fairfax County authorities said.

The southbound portion of the 3rd Street Tunnel was closed for high standing water, D.C. police said. Westbound I-695 was also closed. Due to a fallen tree, the southbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway were closed between VA-123 and Spout Run Parkway.

Several roads in Fairfax County were also closed; see the list here.

Friday was the ninth day out of the last 10 with rainfall in D.C. More than 5" of rain had already fallen during that time span by early Friday morning, so the ground was not able to absorb much more, said Bell.

Another Twitter user shared video of flooding in Old Town Alexandria at Union and King streets. The Old Town area has been prone to flooding.

There's a 40% chance for rain on Saturday, but it will be nothing like the deluge the area experienced Friday, Bell said.

On Sunday, there's only a 20% chance for pop up showers.


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