Water rescues in Montgomery, Pr. George’s as flash flood warning is issued for area


Tourists visit the west side of the Capitol building as heavy rain continued to move northeast through the area. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Motorists had to be rescued from high water in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and flooding closed several area roads Tuesday afternoon, as rain continued to fall in the region.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning in the area until 3:45 p.m. The alert said estimates show that up to two inches of rain has already fallen in the area, and an additional inch is forecast.

The initial warning included far northern D.C., southeastern Montgomery County, south central Howard County and north central Prince George’s County, according to The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang.

The alert was later expanded to include southeast Howard County, southern Baltimore County and northwest Anne Arundel County, as well as Baltimore City.

Virginia Railway Express trains were ordered to run at lower speeds due to the rainfall. The railroad said that trains on the Manassas and Fredericksburg lines would take 25 to 35 minutes longer to complete their routes.


Rock Creek is seen Tuesday after heavy rain at Cedar Lane in Montgomery County. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)

Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue, tweeted that authorities there have made several water rescues. One on Bradley Boulevard involved rescuers using a boat.

“NWS - FLASH flood WARNING in MoCo.......Turn Around DON’T Drown! Some localized street flooding, area creeks overflowing in low-lying areas,” one of Piringer’s tweets said.

Piringer said the department was deploying an additional strike team, also known as “Swift Water Rescue,” to help trapped motorists.

Piringer said there are high-water conditions in the area of Beach Drive and Connecticut Avenue along Rock Creek and in the vicinity of Sligo Creek Parkway. He said some of the areas are not passable.

Wayne and Flower avenues and Beach Drive along Rock Creek in Montgomery County are closed.

In Prince George’s County, Laurel has been hit hardest by flooding, according to county fire department spokesman Asst. Chief Paul Gomez.

More than two inches of rain has fallen in the area and several roads are closed, according Laurel officials.

Riverfront Park has closed because of flooding, and cars are being removed from the American Legion lot, where water has been rising.

Earlier Monday afternoon, the county fire department helped remove an older woman from her car after it got stuck in high waters near Contee Road and Mayfair Drive, Gomez said. Water had risen up to the car’s tires, he said.

In Prince William, the county fair closed Tuesday because of the weather.

Many counties and jurisdictions are posting updates on closed roads and hazardous areas on their social media pages. Click for updates on your area.

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Victoria St. Martin covers breaking news and Prince William County for The Post's Local desk.
Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.
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