D.C. road closures due to severe weather, flooding in the D.C. area
Updated: January 31, 2013 - 12:32 pm
The heavy rain and winds that pushed through the Washington metro area flooded out roads and forced water rescues Wednesday and Thursday.
There is flooding in much of the D.C. areas, from Loudoun County to Montgomery County. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s office is warning drivers to be careful after about 3 inches of rain fell in some parts of the area.
Many roads in Montgomery County are flooded and several people had to be rescued from their vehicles after they became stuck due to flooding.
One person stranded in their vehicle on a flooded road was successfully rescued on Gold Mine Road at Chandley Mill, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Graham reports.
There were others rescued as well in the 14000 block of Berryville Road in Germantown and one at the intersection of Brighton Dam Road and New Hampshire Avenue in Brookeville, Md.
WTOP reports one man had to be rescued early Thursday morning at about 3:30 a.m. from the roof of his van in the Aldie area of Loudoun County. The driver had lost control of his vehicle and went into a ravine and was surrounded by water. He waited until Sheriff's deputies arrived to help him out.
Strong winds had apparently blown down a sign declaring the road closed.
Culpeper schools are operating on a two hour delay and Shenandoah schools are closed for the day. For school closures and delays, click here.
There are about 9,000 customers without power in the greater D.C. area and Baltimore. In contrast, more than a million customers were left without power after last summer's June derecho.
The Richmond area, however, is reporting more power outages. Dominion Virginian Power is reporting more than 29,000 outages, including about 18,000 in southeastern Virginia. About 4,100 Appalachian Power customers have no electricity, including 1,272 in Buchanan County.
Also, thousands of people have lost power after strong storms blew through Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Delmarva Power is reporting about 5,400 customers were still without power in area early Thursday. The outages were the worst in New Castle and Sussex counties in Delaware and Talbot County in Maryland. More than 7,800 customers were without power overnight.
A flood warning also was issued for the Christina River. It was expected to crest several inches above flood stage about 7 a.m. The National Weather Service says minor flooding was expected in the town of Christiana.
Motorists are further advised to use primary roads on their commutes as many secondary roadways are susceptible to flooding.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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