Photos: Summer rainstorms trigger flash floods across D.C. area
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 07:08 am
WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) -- Heavy rain caused problems across the D.C. region on Tuesday as a Flash Flood Watch was in effect until 10 p.m.
Upwards of several inches fell over the area in a few hours, triggering Flash Flood Warnings as creeks and streams quickly filled up and overflowed onto low-lying roadways.
Firefighters conducted dozens of water rescues of stranded motorists in both Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties in Maryland. No major injuries were reported in any of the incidents.
Numerous local road closures were also posted in Prince George's County, Md. and in the Reston area of Fairfax County, Va., while high-standing water was reported along portions of both the Inner and Outer Loops of the Capital Beltway - providing a hazard for commuters.
By late afternoon, over 6 inches of rain had fallen at BWI Airport in Anne Arundel County, where roughly 100 cars in an airport parking lot were partially-submerged in floodwaters. The next highest rainfall total recorded was in Chevy Chase, Md. at 4.77 inches. Other high totals included Oakton, Va. 3.88; Laurel, Md. 3.87; District of Columbia 3.64; Silver Spring, Md. 3.51; Bethesda, Md. 2.71; Fort Belvoir, Va. 2.31; and Manassas, Va. 2.21.
"I can't remember this much rain falling in this amount of time," said ABC7 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.
Here's a look at some flooding images from around the region compiled from ABC7 reporters, our news partners at WTOP radio and local police and fire agencies:
ICYMI - Beach Drive CLOSED along Rock Creek in MoCo, photo Beach Dr & Connecticut Av, in Kensington pic.twitter.com/VZcqXVNq5f— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) August 12, 2014
Ella Lichenberg is ok but embarrassed after rescue crews pull her from her waterlogged car on Beach Dr pic.twitter.com/Ml3Q0X8ycI— Megan Cloherty (@ClohertyWTOP) August 12, 2014
Flooding along Bowie Road and other low lying areas in Laurel. Use caution and watch for sudden road closures. pic.twitter.com/LgyBDANX9V— Laurel Police (@LaurelPD) August 12, 2014
Visibility is low as drivers take it slow. Rain is accumulating in large puddles along Bradley Blvd pic.twitter.com/NCJH99Y9um— Megan Cloherty (@ClohertyWTOP) August 12, 2014