What a rush: Rivers and creeks swell in extreme rain storm (PHOTOS)

Local rivers and creeks rose fast and furiously as three to seven inches of rain was deposited into them Tuesday and Wednesday.

At Little Falls on the Potomac, the flow peaked at 89,300 cubic feet per second early this morning – climbing from around 11,000 over the weekend.

(US Geological Survey)
(US Geological Survey)

Rock Creek peaked right at major flood stage: 12 feet – some 10 feet above its normal level.

Rock Creek water level (National Weather Service)
Rock Creek water level (National Weather Service)

Flooding was also observed along the Tidal Potomac and Chesapeake Bay but had more to do with the push of southerly winds rather than the rain itself.

Here’s an assortment of dramatic pictures of the flooding from waterways around the region…

The Potomac


The Fish Market in Southwest, D.C. Wednesday night (Jason Kopp)

Washington Sailing Marina near Reagan National Airport, 9 p.m. Wednesday (Aaron Davis)

Chesapeake Bay (Annapolis)


Downtown Annapolis flooding  Wednesday morning (Brian Mead via Facebook)

 

Rock Creek


Rock Creek: April 30, 2014 (left) Summer 2010 (right) (Ian Livingston)

(Ian Livingston)

Patuxent River, Duckett Dam (Laurel)

Occoquan River

(credit Andrew King)

Rappahannock River

Monocacy River

Dead Run (McLean)

Cub Run Creek (Centreville)

Seneca Creek (Montgomery County)

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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