From the ABC 7 Weather team

Live Blog: Flooding continues in D.C. region

September 9, 2011 - 04:33 AM
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Heavy rainfall has flooded roads, swelled waterways, and put residents across the Washington region on high alert.

Heavy rainfall has flooded roads, swelled waterways, and put residents across the Washington region on high alert.

Do you have photos or video from the flooding or nasty weather? Send them to iwitness@wjla.com.

Flood watches and warnings are in effect the region as people are trying to cope with rising water.

Stay on top of the rain with our live Doppler Radar.

Keep yourself away from flood waters and closed roads with our Road Closures Map.

Here is the latest updates on the flash flooding and other news across the region:

4:35PM: Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in response to flooding triggered by rains from Tropical Storm Lee's remnants.

4:30PM: Police said Galo Sebastian Salvador Vinueza, 25, of Lorton, died from apparent drowning due to flooding.

3:25PM: The Charles County Department of Emergency Services has begun distributing bags of ice and bottled water to Cliffton on the Potomac residents. The distribution will take place on Victory Place, which is approximately ¼-mile into the Cliffton on the Potomac subdivision, and will continue until 7 p.m. tonight.

2:30PM: Charles County Schools cancel Saturday activities.

2:29PM: Amtrak has canceled all trains to and from Washington and Richmond/Newport News, Va.

1:52PM: At least a dozen homes so far in Huntington have red stickers stating "unsafe for occupancy" after flash flooding here last night. 160 homes are without gas and electricity as crews with fire marshals and building inspectors go door to door.

1:29PM: See video of an enormous sink hole in Fairfax Station. 

11:45AM: The two people killed in drowning incidents in Virginia have been identified.

Jack Donaldson, 12, is believed to have been swept away by flood waters in his backyard in the 9700 block of Marcliff Court on Thursday. Crews later located his body in Piney Branch Creek at Lawyers Road.

Arsalan Hakiri, 67, had been driving his vehicle in rising water near Beech Mill Road at Club View Drive when his car was swept downstream. He apparently tried to get out, and was swept into the creek and drowned near Carrwood Drive.

9:44AM: Light to moderate rain showers will continue to affect the immediate D.C. Metro area over the next couple of hours, dropping around 0.5" of rain with isolated amounts up towards an inch. Be sure to check Live Super Doppler above before heading out for your mid-morning coffee.

9:00AM: Just today, our WeatherBug network is showing 0.68" in Indian Head, MD, 0.58" in Burke, VA, 0.57" in Fairfax, VA and 0.40" in Leonardtown, MD.

8:49AM: Here are some rainfall totals from the past 31 hours...

Reston, VA: 11.45"

Chantilly, VA: 10.18"

Baileys Crossroads, VA: 9.90"

8:30AM ABC7 Live Super Doppler Radar showing a moderate area of rain moving into Tysons Corner area. 

7:30AM Showers continue to move into the area from the south. The heaviest activity right now is in Charles County, Maryland.

6:30AM A band of heavier showers now moving into southern Maryland and into Prince William County.

6:10AM If you are about to head out the door toward Baltimore, a Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Batimore County until 8:30AM.

5:40AM Channel 7 employee driving in from Solomons Island in southern Maryland reports detour after detour. Her route is usually 63 miles, today it was a 103 mile trip! 

5:10AM Scattered showers continue across the District. Heavier showers now moving away from Annapolis. 

4:35AM Flash Flood Watch has been extended until this evening. ABC7 Live Super Doppler Radar showing scattered showers. 

12:40AM  Flood warnings remain up until 2:30AM for most of southern Maryland.  Rains becoming more scattered and light around metro area but still risk of flooded roads for morning rush.   

 

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