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D.C. flooding: D.C. area soaked as heavy rains bring flooding

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Two people died in Northern Virginia after being swept away in rain-swollen bodies of water and residents in the Huntington area were urged to evacuate as torrential rain poured down on the region Thursday.

A 68-year-old man died in Fairfax County as his SUV was rushed away by the rushing water at the intersection of Carrwood and Bell Roads off Beach Mill Road in Great Falls.. Also in Fairfax County, a 12-year-old boy died when he fell into a creek and was swept away, the county's fire department says.

All across the region, torrential downpours closed roads, including parts of the Beltway, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the George Washington parkway. A flash-flood warning was extended until 12:30 a.m. for D.C., Arlington, southeast Montgomery County, western Prince George’s County, Falls Church and Howard County.

Charles County declared a state of emergency Thursday evening. The declaration will be in effect for seven days.

Residents can seek temporary shelter at the Charles County Department of Community Services building in Port Tobacco (8190 Port Tobacco Road). Dogs and cats are welcome there. Residents can call 301-609-3435 for non-emergency questions.

Residents in the Huntington area along Fenwick Drive, Arlington Terrace, Mount Vernon Drive and Liberty Drive were urged to evacuate Thursday evening.

Prince George's County is experiencing heavy flooding, particularly on the east end near the Potomac River as heavy rainfall overwhelms waterways. Eastern Prince William County has already had over 12 inches of rain and an additional 2 inches is expected over the next four hours. A range of roads are closed.

Upper Marlboro and Prince William County were among the hardest-hit areas as well and are seeing heavy flooding.

By 10 p.m. one lane was open in each direction on the Beltway at Route 1 and I-395. Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation are working to remove debris from the roadway and are expected to be there all night, VDOT tells ABC7.

On the Beltway at Cameron Run, water remains high. VDOT is unsure how many lanes will be open for rush hour Friday. Drivers are asked to check for the latest information before they embark on their commute.

Fairfax County schools will be closed Friday.

Throughout the D.C. region, pouring rains flooded roadways and some buildings, closed schools in Charles County and brought scenes similar to Hurricane Katrina to the greater D.C. area.

At least one person was reportedly killed by the flooding.

In Upper Marlboro, the water came up so fast that dozens of people became trapped. Rescuers climbed to the roof of one small building when they heard Sharon Monroe call out that she was inside with a friend and her dog. The rescuers actually broke through the roof to get to them.

Once on dry land, Monroe told us she thought the water would go down, but it kept coming up.

“I'll be 54 in November and this is a first,” she said.

Shaken up and cold, Susan Eisen says she's just grateful to be alive. She thought was going to die earlier Thursday when rising waters carried her vehicle from Bradley Boulevard at least 50 feet into the woods.

“The water kept coming up above the door,” she said. “Then it started to turn on its own and rammed into a tree.”

Rescue crews arrived and took nearly two hours to pull her from the vehicle’s sun roof.

Route 301 in Upper Marlboro disappeared under a torrent. Traffic backed up for miles in all directions as the county seat became an island unreachable by road.

William Shaw's home along Old Marlboro Pike is among those ruined by the flood. He says even though there were flash flood warnings he never expected anything like this.

“It’s devastating,” Shaw said. “Thank God I have my family, they're safe. I've never seen anything like this.”

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