The signs are up at low lying roads across the DC region, warning of high water.
Some don’t listen. In Annandale, Tuesday morning the driver of a car on Woodburn Road finding himself up Accotink Creek without a paddle.
In Bowie, police making sure cars don’t head into a flash flood on Rt. 450 until state highway workers cleared a clogged drain.
Across Frederick County, seven roads closed, including Michaels Mill in Buckeystown.
“We monitor the river very closely because in 1972 we had three feet of water in our house in the center of Buckeystown,” says Ed Bodmer. “So we watch it very carefully to see when we start moving furniture or not.”
His concern is the Monocacy River, running brown and angry but for now within its banks.
Downtown Frederick was hit hard by flooding back in May, including a flash flood.
Now, Carroll Creek is near the top of its banks. Mayor Michael O’Connor is keeping an eye on the skies.
“It brings back a little déjà vu,” O’Connor says, “Because you watch the weather map with a lot of questions, wondering is the storm going to track the way they project it to, are the totals gonna be what they say they are?”