Flash flooding overwhelms highways and businesses, prompting rescues in DC area – NBC4 Washington
Floodwaters engulfed highways, city streets and subway stations across Washington, DC and Prince George’s County, Maryland on Wednesday afternoon as storms dumped more than 4 inches of rain on the region in less than two hours.
The flash flooding caught drivers off guard on the Capital Beltway, causing some cars to stall. Maryland State Police officials said multiple overflowing storm sewers caused flooding in the outer loop around the Good Luck Road overpass.
A total of four cars – two cars in two separate areas within a half-mile flat – were stranded in flash flooding. Everyone was able to get out of these cars without assistance and no injuries were reported.
Other drivers had to be rescued from the vehicles by firefighters using rubber dinghies.
Flooding also closed the southbound lanes of the 3rd Street Tunnel in DC Police said the New York Avenue NW and Massachusetts Avenue NW tunnel exits were closed due to high standing water. They are diverting traffic to 4th Street and New York Avenue NW and asking drivers to use alternate routes.
In northeast DC, brown floodwaters rose around Rhode Island Avenue. Video from District Dogs, a dog daycare, showed several feet of water covering the front door and windows. You could see water seeping through the walls and bubbling up floor drains. Store staff used sandbags to prevent the worst of the flooding from entering the business.
Parts of Rhode Island Avenue were flooded for the third time. News4’s Jackie Bensen recounts the aftermath.
This isn’t the first time a flood has inundated District Dogs. A flash flood on Friday caused water to leak into the boarding house and pet spa. About 40 dogs were inside at the time of the flood. Fortunately, the pets and the staff remained unharmed.
Meanwhile, storm drains overwhelmed by heavy rain were gushing like a geyser at the intersection of 19th and D streets NE. District police were stationed around the corner, but drivers continued to run through the fast-moving water.
Remember: if you are driving and see standing water, turn around and don’t drown.
Ankle-deep water covered the entrance to Greenbelt subway station and water poured through the ceiling of Capitol South station as storms roared outside.
As much as 4.2 inches of rain fell from the sky Wednesday over Prince George’s County. The Beltway near Route 301 faced 3.1 inches of rain while in northeast DC, 2.5 inches fell near Minnesota Avenue. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the district and several counties in Maryland and Virginia through 8 a.m. Wednesday. A flood warning was put into effect at 2 p.m.
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