‘Not the Usual Flooding’ Hits Washington, D.C., Delaying Flights and Trains

By Jesse Sokolow on 8 July 2019
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IMG_4863 (1)An unusually heavy morning rain storm caused significant flooding in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia on Monday.

“Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots,” the National Weather Service said.

“This is not the ‘usual’ flooding,” the agency added.

The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency told drivers to stay off the roads, warning of the dangers.

“Do NOT go through flooded roads/sidewalks,” the agency said in a tweet, adding that it’s almost impossible to discern the depth of the water or what could be on the roadbed, such as downed, live wires. “Turn around, don’t drown,” it said.

Fire departments in the D.C. area reported over one hundred swift water rescues, many from vehicles and mobile homes.

Several hundred flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport were delayed after a record 3.3” of rain fell at the airport between 9 and 10 a.m., shattering the previous record set in 1958 for rainfall in a one-hour time span, but only a handful were cancelled.

Meanwhile, Amtrak reported that six trains, including the Carolinian and the Northeast Regional, were stopped “due to flooding/washout conditions” on tracks south of Alexandria, Virginia.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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