Severe weather: Torrential rain closes roads, kills two
Updated: September 9, 2011 - 10:01 am
Heavy rainfall has flooded roads, swelled waterways, and put residents across the Washington region on high alert.
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Flood watches and warnings are in effect the region as people are trying to cope with rising water.
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Here is the latest news and updates on the flash flooding across the region:
10 a.m.: D.C. residents have until 6 p.m. Friday to pick up sandbags at RFK Stadium, Lot 7. Don’t forget your ID, and there’s a five sandbag limit per household.
6:33 a.m.: Residents who live in the Huntington area of Fairfax County had to leave their homes immediately Thursday night as rising flood waters became increasingly dangerous.
ABC7’s Brianne Carter reports rescue crews are still on the scene this morning searching for people still stranded and accessing the damage.
One of the biggest problems for commuters Friday morning: flooded roadways. Although parts of the Beltway are back open, many lanes remain blocked around the region. ABC7’s Jummy Olabanji has the latest.
6:02 a.m.: Metro is operating on a normal schedule today, as is the Fairfax County Connector bus with minor detours.
Fairfax County police are reporting many road closures in the county.
5:30 a.m.: A sink hole has been reported at Birch Cliff Drive and Hampton Road in Fairfax Station. Traffic is not being allowed through at this time.
4:44 a.m.: For the latest road closures in Maryland and Virginia, visit:
Virginia Road Closures
Md. State Highway Road Closures
4:07 a.m.: There will be no VRE service today.
4:04 a.m.: Alexandria City Government offices will be open today, with unscheduled leave in effect for employees. Essential employees should report as scheduled.
D.C. federal agencies will be open, but employees can opt to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.
2:54 a.m.: Fort Belvoir is open but operating on unscheduled leave policy with emergency essential employees reporting on time.
2:44 a.m.: VDOT says all lanes are back open on the Capitol Beltway, but that there could still be standing water on the roads so drivers are urged to use caution Friday morning.
2:12 a.m.: Prince William County has issued a boil water advisory for water customers in the area of Woodbridge, including those in the neighborhoods of Marumsco Village, Millwood Estates, Maben Woods, and Ashford. This means all drinking water must be boiled first before consumption as a safety precaution.
11:32 p.m.: In Upper Marlboro, the Prince George’s County administration building and the courthouse will be closed Friday. Other county government buildings will be open.
The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s headquarters will be closed Friday as well. Essential employees should report as directed. Residents can call Department of Public Works and Transportation automated service line at 301-350-0500 to report impassable roads.
11:10 p.m.: Prince William County Schools will be closed tomorrow. The Virginia State Police urged drivers to avoid heading out onto the roads Friday night. The following interstates are closed:
- Interstate 495 southbound to Interstate 495 eastbound
- Northbound Interstate 95 to eastbound Interstate 495
- Southbound Interstate 395 to eastbound Interstate 495
10:42 p.m.: Prince George's County is experiencing heavy flooding, particularly on the east end near the Potomac River as heavy rainfall overwhelms waterways and tributaries. 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.
10:34 p.m.: Twelve apartment units are being evacuated because a retaining wall off Breezy Ridge Way (located east of I-95 off of Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge) is in danger of failing.
10:25 p.m.: Charles County has declared a state of emergency. The declaration will be in effect for seven days. A flood warning remains in effect for the county.
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 at the shelter. A non-emergency telephone number, 301-609-3435 has been established.
10:22 p.m.: Maryland DOT and Police are closing the westbound Woodrow Wilson Bridge on the Maryland side. This is so that cars on I-495 will not cross over to Virginia and be stuck in the high water on the Virginia side.
Drivers should avoid the entire stretch of the Capital Beltway from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the Springfield Mixing Bowl. The road is flooded, and there are multiple road closures.
10:05 p.m.: The George Washington Memorial Parkway is closed at the Alexandria city line due to flooding, according to a tweet from the City of Alexandria.
9:48 p.m.: Beltway update: One lane is 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.
9:35 p.m.: Keep being cautious out there: A flash-flood warning has been extended until 12:30 a.m. for D.C., Arlington, southeast Montgomery County, western Prince George’s County, Falls Church and Howard County.
9:20 p.m.: Fairfax County Schools will be closed tomorrow.
8:42 p.m.: Two people die in Northern Virginia after being swept away in a rain-swollen bodies of water, a fire official tells the Associated Press.
8:28 p.m.: Beltway I-495 now closed at Mixing Bowl; no traffic allowed east on I-495; traffic is being rerouted. About an hour ago, the Beltway was also closed at Cameron Run due to flooding.
8:05 p.m.: Parts of our area are seeing rainfall totals two to three times of what you would usually get during a rainstorm.
Germantown, MD (Northwest High School) 6.79”
Reston, VA (at Fannie Mae) 6.45”
(this is right by Sunset Hills where some massive flooding has occurred)
Reston, VA (Sunrise Valley Elementary) 6.40”
Columbia, Md., has seen close to 10 inches of rain over the past five days, as have parts of Reston and Falls Church in Virginia and Potomac in Maryland.
7:45 p.m.: Via the National Weather Service, a flash flood warning remains in effect until 8:30 p.m. for District of Columbia...and Arlington...City of Falls Church...central Prince Georges and southeastern Montgomery counties.
7:30 p.m.: The second game of the Nationals-Dodgers doubleheader has been cancelled and will only be played if necessary at the end of the season.
7 p.m.: Residents in the Huntington area along Fenwick Drive, Arlington Terrace, Mount Vernon Drive and Liberty Drive are urged to evacuate due to flooding.
A reception center established for Huntington evacuees at Lee District RECenter, 6601 Telegraph Road.
The Beltway was also closed at Cameron Run due to flooding.
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