Severe weather: Torrential rain closes roads, kills two

Heavy rainfall has flooded roads, swelled waterways, and put residents across the Washington region on high alert.

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Flood watches and warnings are in effect the region as people are trying to cope with rising water.

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Here is the latest news and updates on the flash flooding across the region:

10 a.m.:{ }D.C. residents have until 6 p.m. Friday to pick up sandbags at RFK Stadium, Lot 7. Don’t forget your ID, and there’s a five sandbag limit per household.

6:33 a.m.:{ } Residents who live in the Huntington area of Fairfax County had to leave their homes immediately Thursday night as rising flood waters became increasingly dangerous.

ABC7’s Brianne Carter reports rescue crews are still on the scene this morning searching for people still stranded and accessing the damage.

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One of the biggest problems for commuters Friday morning: flooded roadways. Although parts of the Beltway are back open, many lanes remain blocked around the region. ABC7’s Jummy Olabanji has the latest.

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6:02 a.m.: Metro is operating on a normal schedule today, as is the Fairfax County Connector bus with minor detours.{ }

Fairfax County police are reporting many road closures in the county.

5:30 a.m.:{ }A sink hole has been reported at Birch Cliff Drive and Hampton Road in Fairfax Station. Traffic is{ }not being allowed through at this time.

4:44 a.m.: For the latest road closures in Maryland and Virginia, visit:

Virginia Road Closures

Md. State Highway Road Closures

4:07 a.m.:{ }There will be no VRE service today.

4:04 a.m.:{ }Alexandria City Government offices will be open today, with unscheduled leave in effect for employees. Essential employees should report as scheduled.

D.C. federal agencies will be open, but employees can opt to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

2:54 a.m.:{ }Fort Belvoir is open but operating on unscheduled leave policy with emergency essential employees reporting on time.

2:44 a.m.:{ }VDOT says all{ }lanes are back{ }open on the Capitol Beltway, but that there could still be standing water on the roads so drivers are urged to use caution Friday morning.

2:12 a.m.:{ }Prince William County has issued a boil water advisory for water customers in{ }the area of Woodbridge,{ }including those in{ }the neighborhoods of Marumsco Village, Millwood Estates, Maben Woods, and Ashford. This means all drinking water must be boiled first before consumption as a safety precaution.{ }

Sept. 8

11:32 p.m.: In Upper Marlboro, the Prince George’s County administration building and the courthouse will be closed Friday. Other county government buildings will be open.

The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s headquarters will be closed Friday as well. Essential employees should report as directed. Residents can call Department of Public Works and Transportation automated service line at 301-350-0500 to report impassable roads.

11:10 p.m.: Prince William County Schools will be closed tomorrow. The Virginia State Police urged drivers to avoid heading out onto the roads Friday night. The following interstates are closed:

- Interstate 495 southbound to Interstate 495 eastbound
- Northbound Interstate 95 to eastbound Interstate 495
- Southbound Interstate 395 to eastbound Interstate 495

10:42 p.m.: Prince George's County is experiencing heavy flooding, particularly on the east end near the Potomac River as heavy rainfall overwhelms waterways and tributaries. Eastern Prince William County has already had over 12 inches of rain and an additional 2 inches is expected over the next four hours. A range of roads are closed.

10:34 p.m.: Twelve apartment units are being evacuated because a retaining wall off Breezy Ridge Way (located east of I-95 off of Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge) is in danger of failing.

10:25 p.m.: Charles County has declared a state of emergency. The declaration will be in effect for seven days. A flood warning remains in effect for the county.

Residents can seek temporary shelter at the Charles County Department of Community Services building in Port Tobacco (8190 Port Tobacco Road). Dogs and cats are welcome at the shelter. A non-emergency telephone number, 301-609-3435 has been established.

10:22 p.m.: Maryland DOT and Police are closing the westbound Woodrow Wilson Bridge on the Maryland side. This is so that cars on I-495 will not cross over to Virginia and be stuck in the high water on the Virginia side.

Drivers should avoid the entire stretch of the Capital Beltway from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the Springfield Mixing Bowl. The road is flooded, and there are multiple road closures.

10:05 p.m.: The George Washington Memorial Parkway is closed at the Alexandria city line due to flooding, according to a tweet from the City of Alexandria.

9:48 p.m.: Beltway update: One lane is open in each direction on the Beltway at Route 1 and I-395. Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation are working to remove debris from the roadway and are expected to be there all night, VDOT tells ABC7. On the Beltway at Cameron Run, water remains high.

VDOT is unsure how many lanes will be open for rush hour Friday. Drivers are asked to check for the latest information before they embark on their commute.

9:35 p.m.: Keep being cautious out there: A flash-flood warning has been extended until 12:30 a.m. for D.C., Arlington, southeast Montgomery County, western Prince George’s County, Falls Church and Howard County.

9:20 p.m.: Fairfax County Schools will be closed tomorrow.

8:42 p.m.: Two people die in Northern Virginia after being swept away in a rain-swollen bodies of water, a fire official tells the Associated Press.

8:28 p.m.: Beltway I-495 now closed at Mixing Bowl; no traffic allowed east on I-495; traffic is being rerouted. About an hour ago, the Beltway was also closed at Cameron Run due to flooding.

8:05 p.m.: Parts of our area are seeing rainfall totals two to three times of what you would usually get during a rainstorm.

Germantown, MD (Northwest High School) 6.79”
Reston, VA (at Fannie Mae) 6.45”
(this is right by Sunset Hills where some massive flooding has occurred)
Reston, VA (Sunrise Valley Elementary) 6.40”

Columbia, Md., has seen close to 10 inches of rain over the past five days, as have parts of Reston and Falls Church in Virginia and Potomac in Maryland.{ }

7:45 p.m.: Via the National Weather Service, a flash flood warning remains in effect until 8:30 p.m. for District of Columbia...and Arlington...City of Falls Church...central Prince Georges and southeastern Montgomery counties.

7:30 p.m.: The second game of the Nationals-Dodgers doubleheader has been cancelled and will only be played if necessary at the end of the season.

7 p.m.: Residents in the Huntington area along Fenwick Drive, Arlington Terrace, Mount Vernon Drive and Liberty Drive are urged to evacuate due to flooding.

A reception center established for Huntington evacuees at Lee District RECenter, 6601 Telegraph Road.

The Beltway was also closed at Cameron Run due to flooding.

5:40 PM{ } More flood warnings in the metro area until 9:30 and risk of some small spin down whirls the reason there also may be tornado warnings again this evening. - Bob Ryan

5:03pm: Just heard that Charles County Public Schools are closed tomorrow.

4:50PM New Flash Flood Warning for Southern Prince Georges, Charles and NW St. Marys County until 8:45 PM Could be still another 2-4" in spots many water rescues today and this evening. Worst area flooding since Agnes

4:38pm: I have been seeing the massive flooding on Twitter and hearing about the numerous{ }water rescues going on in Fairfax on WTOP. Please do not go out in this if you don't have to.{ }If you come to a place with high water, turn around and find another route. Here are some of the latest local storm reports.{ }

4:33pm: Please do not act like the guy in this video. I'm only posting it because I'm from Fairfax and have never seen anything like it before...

Flooding on Rt. 50 in Fairfax

4:05pm: Latest Tweet from @bethb324 in Fairfax County at Pickett Rd. and Old Lee Highway. Please tweet pictures to @alexliggitt.

Flooding in Fairfax

3:51pm: The heaviest rainfall is currently over western Fairfax County along the Fairfax County Parkway from Fairfax Corner through Oakton and Reston and extends north into southwestern Montgomery County around Poolesville. More heavy rain is located in Prince William County through Manassas and Haymarket.

This band of rain is moving north-northwest extremely slowly and will drop another couple of inches of rain.

3:43pm: New Rainfall Totals from TODAY:

Reston: 4.47"

Potomac: 3.87"

Fairfax City: 3.70"

Vienna: 3.35"

Oakton: 3.15"

2:50 pm{ } New flash flood warnings for Loudoun and Prince William in addition to western Fairfax and Montgomery{ }the line of intense rains continues to slide west toward areas that have already had 2-4" of rain so a significant danger of more flash flooding.{ } Streams/creeks{ } like Goose Creek that do flood very dangerous.{ } Don't take any chances crossing flooded roads. - Bob Ryan

1:55 pm{ } Training rains continue north to south from Stafford to Frederick, MD{ } Rainfall rates are 1-2" per hour and Flash Flood Warnings continue for western and northwestern suburbs until 3-4PM north to south

1:13pm: A Flash Flood Warning has been extended north into Montgomery County until 4pm as this heavy rain band will continue to affect the same areas over the next couple of hours. This may bring an additional 1 to 3 inches of rainfall over areas that have already seen heavy rain, leading to flash flooding.

12:29pm: A Flash Flood Warning has now developed in those areas I talked about 40 minutes ago. Rainfall rates of an inch per hour will be possible.

11:51am: Another heavy rain band is setting up along I-95 in Fairfax County and will move north along the western portion of 495 and 66 over the next hour or two. Very heavy rainfall could make for some standing water and possibly even flooding conditions. If this band holds together it will eventually move through Montgomery county and eastern Frederick County in Maryland. See Doppler{ }for more.

10:51am: A Flash Flood Warning has been posted for Western{ }Montgomery and Eastern{ }Frederick Counties in MD{ }until 1:30pm as a heavy band of rain has set up in a training pattern over those areas.

10:04 a.m.: Prince George's County has activated its Emergency Operations Center. Meanwhile, in Montgomery County, Fire and Rescue Services is transferring rescue boats into the Marlboro area while homes are evacuated.

9:40 a.m.:{ }All Charles County parks will be closed{ }today, and{ }Gilbert Run Park will remain closed until Monday, September 12.{ }

9:29 a.m.: Brown Station Road is being shutdown in Upper Marlboro, according to{ }Cpl. Baxter with Prince George's Police.{ }

North and southbound Route 202 at White House Road is also{ }closed.

9:20 a.m.:{ }D.C. residents with a valid ID can pick up sandbags today at RFK Stadium, Lot 7, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There is a{ }five sandbag limit per household.

8:45 a.m.:{ }Latest power outage numbers:{ }

District of Columbia 280
Montgomery 45
Prince George's 666


Anne Arundel 1,792
Calvert 50
Howard 671
Montgomery 2
Prince George's 156

Calvert 34
Charles 501
Prince George's 9
St. Mary's 98

8:41 a.m.:{ }Charles County government administrative offices will be closed today due to the weather conditions and road closures. Essential personnel will report, and some essential services may be available to the public.

7:48 a.m.: In Cecil County, a voluntary evacuation has been announced for Port Deposit due to flooding along the Susquehanna River, AP reports.{ }The order calls for a voluntary evacuation of all of Main Street by 4 p.m.

7:45 a.m.:{ }The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office is closed today due to flooding. Essential personnel should contact their respective chains of command for assignment details.

7:14 a.m.:{ }The Prince George’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation is reporting the following County roads closed currently:

· Sunnyside Avenue @ Edmonston Road, Beltsville
· 6700 Glenn Dale Road, Glenn Dale
· Old Baltimore Avenue @ Edmonston Road, Beltsville
· Croom Station Road @ the bridges in from both directions, Upper Marlboro
· Governor Bridge Road, Bowie
· Brock Bridge Road, Laurel
· Contee Road @ Mayfair Drive, Laurel
· Van Dusen Road @ Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel
· South Springfield Road @ Accokeek Road, Clinton
· 11700 block of Brandywine Road, Brandywine.
· Floral Park Road @ Windbrook Drive, Clinton
· Judges Drive, Upper Marlboro
· Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro

Currently, the State Highway Administration is reporting the following road closures:{ }

· US 301 NORTH AT MD 214 (Central Ave.), Bowie - North Lanes Closed High Water
· US 1 SOUTH AT RITZ WAY, Laurel - South Lanes Closed High Water
· MD 717 NORTH OF MD 4, Upper Marlboro - All Lanes Closed High Water
· MD 4 AT WOODYARD RD, Upper Marlboro - All Lanes Closed High Water
· MD 382 AT CROOM STATION RD, Upper Marlboro – All Lanes Closed High Water
· MD 725 BETWEEN US 301 AND MD 202, Upper Marlboro, MD – All Lanes Closed High Water
· US 301 BETWEEN MD 725 AND MD 4, Upper Marlboro – All Lanes Closed High Water
· MD 381 FROM MATTAWOMAN DR TO MISSOURI AVE, Brandywine – ALC Box Culvert Failure
· MD 202 AT WHITE HOUSE RD, Largo - All Lanes Closed High Water

7 a.m.: Flood-related issues{ }have closed the following roads are closed in Anne Arundel County:

Northern :Crain Highway/ Furnace Branch Road/ East Fitzallen Road/ Amberly Road/ Marley Neck Road/ Dobrody Farm Road/ Mountain Road/ Route 10/ Oakwood Road/ Aquahart Road

Eastern: Asbury Drive between{ } B&A Boulevard and Vinton Lane/ Light Street/ Guy Avenue/ Pasadena Road/ Brookview Road/ Ken Mar Avenue/ Veterans Highway between Benfield Boulevard and Maxwell Frye Road/ Brightview Drive

Western: Conway Road/ Patuxent Road/ Cox Road/ Route 450/ Hog Farm Road/ Preakness Road/ Herald Harbor Road/ Old Herald Harbor Road/ River Road/ Johns Hopkins Road between Route 3 and Route 3 South/ Underwood Road/ Saint Stephens Church Road/ Minnetonka Road/ Telegraph Road/ New Cut Road/ Grover Road/ Upton Road/ Bragers Road/ Route 175

6:57 a.m.:{ }In Montgomery County, Beach Drive between Knowles Avenue and Stoneybrooke Road and between East-West Highway and Porter Street is closed due to flooding.

6:50 a.m.:{ }The heavy rains are causing flash floods and dozens of water rescues across the D.C. region. Watch ABC7's Jummy Olabanji and Brianne Carter's morning reports for the latest.{ }

6:36 a.m.:{ }All lanes of Washington Boulevard between George Mason Drive and { }Harrison Street in Arlington are closed due to a large tree down in the roadway. Crews are on the scene, all motorists are advised to find alternate routes.

6:21 a.m.:{ }Speed restrictions are in effect for VRE and MARC{ }trains today, but Metro is operating on a normal schedule.

According to the VRE Website, all Fredericksburg line trains{ }will experience 30-45 minute delays that may increase. Manassas Line trains will begin to slow once in the area of Alexandria until Union Station and may see delays up to 10 minutes by the end of each run because of restrictions or following other trains.{ }

The Maryland Transit Administration is reporting MARC's{ }Light Rail is experiencing a 20 minute service delay from Cromwell and BWI to Hunt Valley.{ }

Metro says they're operating on a normal{ }schedule today.

6:14 a.m.: Here are the latest outages numbers:

PEPCO: 3,552


BGE: 13,992

6:02 a.m.:{ }Charles County government will open two hours late be{ }be closed today.{ }Essential personnel will report, and some essential services may be available to the public.

5:50 a.m.:{ }{ }Crews are{ }conducting a water rescue at the Brighton Dam{ } in Montgomery County, between New Hampshire Avenue and Boardley Road. Roads are closed in the area.

5:33 a.m.:{ }Charles{ }County schools and the Circuit Court for Prince George's County will be closed today due to flooding. See an updated list of closures here.{ }

{ }5:17 a.m.:{ }A flash flood warning will remain in effect until 10:30 a.m.{ }for Anne Arundel,{ }Calvert and{ }St. Mary's{ }counties. A flood warning for{ }Montgomery, Arlington, Fairfax, Charles, Prince Georges counties will expire{ }between 10-10:30 a.m., and a flood watch is still in effect until later tonight{ }for the pan handle of West Virginia, Frederick, MD, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford and King George counties.

5:06 a.m.: The following roads{ }in Maryland{ }are closed due to flooding:

Prince George's County

Sunnyside Ave. at Edmonston Rd.
Old Baltimore Ave. and Edmonston Rd.
Glenn Dale Rd.
Sweitzer Rd. and Van Dusen Rd.
Croom Station Rd.

Laurel, Md.

Brock Ridge Road.
Contee Road
Mayfair Drive
Governor Bridge Rd.
Van Dusen Rd. and Old Gunpowder Rd.
S. Springfield Rd. and Accokeek Rd.
Brandywine Rd.

5 a.m.: ABC7 Meteorologist Brian Van De Graaf says{ }the{ }rain is tapering off a bit right now, but will return with a vengenace later today. See the latest ABC7 forecast here.

4:40 a.m.: A flash flood emergency issued for Anne Arundel, Eastern Prince George's, Northwestern Calvert and Northwestern Saint Mary's Counties{ }is set to{ }expire at 4:45 a.m.

4 a.m.: ABC7 has confirmed downed trees following a tornado warnings caused some significant damage in Charles County.

2:20 a.m.:{ }Charles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson says Route 301 is closed south of Glen Albin Road in LaPlata{ }due to{ }flooding. A detour is in place.

1:05 a.m.: Prince George's County Fire officials reports 3 people were pulled from cars stuck in standing water on Croom Road near Douglas High School. No one injured.

Also, people were rescued from three vehicles at Woodyard Road and Rosaryville Road in Rosaryville.

12:59 a.m.:{ }A driver was rescued from a car stranded in high water at Pinewood Drive and { }Lucy Drive in Waldorf.

12:46 a.m.:{ }ABC7 is on the scene of a water rescue in Bowie where people were safely pulled from three cars were stuck in high water on Millstream Drive.

12:17 a.m.:{ } Officials reported major flash flooding in the Charles{ }County, particularly in the northern parts of Waldorf where several people had to be rescued from standing water, ABC7 Meteorologist Bob Ryan says. At least 3 to 5 inches of rain fell overnight in the county, with total approaching 8 inches in some locations.

12:07 a.m.:{ }Prince George's County Fire and EMS now reports flash flooding in the Brandywine area with vehicles being stranded in high water. No injuries are reported.

Sept. 7:{ }Heavy rain and strong thunderstorms caused a slew of issues on Wednesday in our region. Click here for a recap.