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Heavy rains produce flooded roads and stranded cars

Heavy rains doused the Washington area Wednesday night and forced authorities to rescue drivers and passengers from vehicles that were stranded in high water.

A line of intense rain swept through the area just before 8 p.m., which caused forecasters to issue warnings for flash flooding, severe thunderstorms and even a tornado watch, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

Montgomery County authorities rescued several people who were trapped in vehicles that stalled in high water in the the Boyds and Clarksburg areas.

Off-duty officers discovered a van carrying five passengers in the 14800 block of Barnesville Road about 8 p.m. About 20 minutes later, authorities headed to Clarksburg, where a sedan’s tires were submerged in water near the intersection of Frederick and Newcut roads.

No injuries were reported and all were rescued safely, police said.

Officials shut down roads until flood waters subsided.

In Frederick, the National Weather Service reported a bridge underwater near the intersection of Marston and Sims Creek roads about 9 p.m., along with several other flooded roads throughout that county. Similar reports were given in areas of western Loudoun and Fauquier counties in Virginia.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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