Photos: Summer rainstorms trigger flash floods across D.C. area

Flooding along Contee Rd. In Laurel, Md. (Photo: WJLA/Brad Bell)


WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) -- Heavy rain caused problems across the D.C. region on Tuesday as a Flash Flood Watch was in effect until 10 p.m.

Upwards of several inches fell over the area in a few hours, triggering Flash Flood Warnings as creeks and streams quickly filled up and overflowed onto low-lying roadways.

Firefighters conducted dozens of water rescues of stranded motorists in both Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties in Maryland. No major injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

Numerous local road closures were also posted in Prince George's County, Md. and in the Reston area of Fairfax County, Va., while high-standing water was reported along portions of both the Inner and Outer Loops of the Capital Beltway - providing a hazard for commuters.

By late afternoon, over 6 inches of rain had fallen at BWI Airport in Anne Arundel County, where roughly 100 cars in an airport parking lot were partially-submerged in floodwaters. The next highest rainfall total recorded was in Chevy Chase, Md. at 4.77 inches. Other high totals included Oakton, Va. 3.88; Laurel, Md. 3.87; District of Columbia 3.64; Silver Spring, Md. 3.51; Bethesda, Md. 2.71; Fort Belvoir, Va. 2.31; and Manassas, Va. 2.21.

"I can't remember this much rain falling in this amount of time," said ABC7 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.

Here's a look at some flooding images from around the region compiled from ABC7 reporters, our news partners at WTOP radio and local police and fire agencies:

Oy vey RT @MascoFromABC2: BREAKING>>>FLOODING @BWI_Airport VIA Trey Palmisano

— Joce Sterman (@jocefromthenews) August 12, 2014

Bowie Rd. #Laurel #Flooding #crazyweather

— Brad Bell (@ABC7Brad) August 12, 2014

#BWI #flooding

— Brad Bell (@ABC7Brad) August 12, 2014

Contee rd #Laurel. Driver is ok. #musthavemissedthesign

— Brad Bell (@ABC7Brad) August 12, 2014

#AACoFD Heavy rains in Linthicum, Glen Burnie, Brooklyn, BWI Airport area last 1.5 hours. Water rescues ongoing

— Russ Davies (@AACountyFirePIO) August 12, 2014

#AACoFD Engine 5 (Waugh Chapel) operating in the area of the BWI Long Term Parking Lots; heavy rain continues

— Russ Davies (@AACountyFirePIO) August 12, 2014

@JacquiJeras beach rd

— Andy Edger (@TechEdge2012) August 12, 2014

Bowie Road is still closed off due to flooding. @LaurelPIO @LaurelMayor

— Laurel Police (@LaurelPD) August 12, 2014

flood pic from @LaurelPD Reporting "large amounts of flooding" Bowie Rd between Elaine Ct. and Rt.1 is closed.

— Jacqui Jeras (@JacquiJeras) August 12, 2014

@JacquiJeras beach rd and Garrett park rd closed

— Andy Edger (@TechEdge2012) August 12, 2014

Rock Creek Runoff keeps Beach Dr closed south of East-West Hwy. @WTOP

— Dave Dildine (@DildineWTOP) August 12, 2014

A mini van become trapped on Sligo Creek Pkwy as the creek overflows during the heavy rain. @WTOP

— Mike Murillo (@MikeMurilloWTOP) August 12, 2014

ICYMI - Beach Drive CLOSED along Rock Creek in MoCo, photo Beach Dr & Connecticut Av, in Kensington

— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) August 12, 2014

Ponding remains as rain slacks off in Chevy Chase. @WTOP

— Dave Dildine (@DildineWTOP) August 12, 2014

Ella Lichenberg is ok but embarrassed after rescue crews pull her from her waterlogged car on Beach Dr

— Megan Cloherty (@ClohertyWTOP) August 12, 2014

Flooding along Bowie Road and other low lying areas in Laurel. Use caution and watch for sudden road closures.

— Laurel Police (@LaurelPD) August 12, 2014

.@MikeMurilloWTOP: Part of Sligo Creek Pkwy shut down as creek overflows. #rain #flashflooding #dctraffic

— WTOP Traffic (@WTOPtraffic) August 12, 2014

Sligo Creek Pkwy in Silver Spring #rain @wtop

— Mike Murillo (@MikeMurilloWTOP) August 12, 2014

Visibility is low as drivers take it slow. Rain is accumulating in large puddles along Bradley Blvd

— Megan Cloherty (@ClohertyWTOP) August 12, 2014