High water, strong winds cause trouble for drivers, air travelers

January 31, 2013

The heavy rains may have subsided, but residual flooding and high winds continue to cause trouble for Washington area drivers and air travelers Thursday morning.

While there are currently no delays at Dulles and Reagan airports, BWI is reporting delays of up to 45 minutes due to high winds.

Delays were also reported at LaGuardia and JFK airports in New York, which does not bode well for air travel along the East Coast and beyond for the rest of the day. Flight delays at those two mega-airports have a domino effect that disrupts air traffic elsewhere.

On the roads, drivers faced high water and downed trees.

Around 6:30 a.m., emergency responders in Montgomery County rescued a person from a car that was stranded in high water in the 16800 block of Riffle Ford Road.

Other water rescues were reported overnight in Montgomery and Loudoun counties; no injuries have been reported.

Drivers are advised never to drive through standing water, because it could be deceptively deep, and to avoid driving through areas that are prone to flooding. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-up trucks, according to officials in Montgomery County, which appeared to be dealing with the most high water rescues Thursday morning.

Officials have compiled this list of areas in Montgomery County that are prone to flooding and high water.

Additionally, officials warn that continuing strong winds could topple trees and branches, blocking roadways across the area. Again, drivers are urged to use caution.

Post reporter Ashley Halsey III contributed to this report.

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