Rainy day leads to road closures, flooding

Traffic is backed up at about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday on northbound Interstate 395 heading into the District as rain continued. (Virginia Department of Transportation traffic camera)
Traffic is backed up at about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday on northbound Interstate 395 heading into the District as rain continued. (Virginia Department of Transportation traffic camera)

Area police and forecasters warn that drivers should take extra precautions Wednesday morning in their commutes because of high standing water on roadways in parts of the region.

Officials warn that drivers should slow down because high speeds could cause hydroplaning.

At Washington Harbour in Georgetown, officials put up caution tape and flood walls in areas to deal with high water.

 

High water has also been reported in part of Old Town Alexandria at Union and King streets.

 

 

Some roads in the region are closed because of flooding problems. In Leesburg, Edwards Ferry Road is closed between Battlefield Parkway and Red Rock Way. There were no major accidents in the area Wednesday morning.

But one of the commuter rails was having problems.

On the MARC commuter rail, the American Legion parking lot at the Laurel station was closed because of concerns about potential flooding of the Patuxent River. That means the parking capacity will be reduced by 40 percent, according to MARC officials.

More heavy rains are expected later Wednesday.

Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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