Jul 8, 2019

Washington region hammered by heavy rain, flash floods; water rescues underway

Washington, DC
USA
by
Dana Hedgpeth , Luz Lazo , Jason Samenow and Teddy Amenabar
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Washington Post

The intense rains and flooding that pummeled the D.C. region Monday morning caused major problems in the Metro system.

Some people climbed on to the roofs of their cars along Canal Road after being stuck in flood waters. They were were eventually rescued or able to swim to safety.

The D.C. government issued a flash-flood emergency that is in effect until 11:15 a.m., and people are advised to stay off the roads.

At the Virginia Square stop, water poured in through a ceiling onto a platform. Another photo on social media showed water pouring into an elevator at the Pentagon Metro stop.

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In the District, there was a serious flooding problem on Canal Road near Fletchers Cove, where several drivers were stranded and at least one man was seen standing on top of a vehicle to get out of flooded waters.

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Up to four inches of rain fell in an hour in parts of the D.C. region. Forecasters at the National Weather Service called it a “particularly dangerous situation.”