Washington Area Hit by Heavy Rains and Flash Floods

The National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency for the nation’s capital and surrounding areas on Monday Torrential morning rains unleashed chaos in the nation’s capital on Monday, turning Metro stations into indoor showers and sending flash floods through suburban neighborhoods, where the authorities said they had mounted dozens of water rescues The National Weather Service said on Monday that a flash flood warning was in effect for the District of Columbia, after more than three inches of rain had fallen on Reagan National Airport in one hour earlier in the day “Widespread flash flooding has occurred this morning across the D.C. metro area,” the National Weather Service said in a statement “Much of this flooding is subsiding and the heavy rain is over. Some of the larger streams are still rising, however, so flooding and road closures will continue through the afternoon ”The National Weather Service advised people to turn around if they encountered flooded roads, and said most drowning deaths during a flash flood happen inside vehicles The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said it had responded to 55 swift water rescue calls on Monday morning, including the evacuation of multiple people from a block of mobile homes There were no reported injuries, but thousands were without power.In Washington, floodwaters stranded motorists on the roofs of their cars in Northwest D C. The D.C. Fire and E.M.S. Department said it had rescued 15 people across the city who had been stranded atop their cars in high waters Rising waters on Constitution Avenue swallowed sidewalk curbs, making part of the city center look like a vast, shallow lake Passing cars and bicycles sent waves ripping across its surface. The rain also wreaked havoc on the capital’s mass transit network Water cascaded down escalators and elevators into underground Metro stations and burst through station roofs, sending waterfalls onto the tracks Amtrak said its service in and around the city had been briefly suspended on Monday, with delays expected after it had resumed The damage appeared to be most severe in suburban areas of Virginia and Maryland, where local news footage and social media video from residents showed water cascading through normally tidy neighborhoods and parks News media in Potomac, Md., reported that rain waters had flooded homes and damaged roads, opening a sinkhole that had led to the partial collapse of one street Hope Hedge Seck, the editor of a website for military service members, shared a video of floodwaters surging through her front yard in Arlington, a densely populated Virginia county directly across the Potomac River from Washington “We used to have a creek and a yard,” she wrote. “Now just a creek I guess.”Elsewhere in Arlington, floods turned normally busy streets into shallow, fast-moving rivers Water rushed past cars, trapping motorists inside their vehicles and turning commonplace curbside items into suburban flotsam and jetsam The National Weather Service said the danger should pass by late Monday night, with clear sunny skies expected for Tuesday and Wednesday Zach Montague contributed reporting.Mississippi Closes Beaches Because of Toxic Algae BloomsJuly 8, 2019

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *