Photography: Great Falls in Flood Stage
Flood Watch tonight as more rain approaches
When I arrived at Great Falls National Park Tuesday afternoon, the parking lot was over half full and a steady stream of visitors moved up the trail toward the overlooks. The park always seems to do brisk business during floods. Our recent heavy rain put the Potomac River over flood stage, but it was still far from record levels.
Keep reading for more photos, including two showing how Tuesday's flooding compared to the Great Flood of 1996. More flooding rains on the way? See our full forecast through the weekend and into early next week.
At the first overlook, which is closest to the falls, the spray from the river drifted through the air with help from strong breezes and coated everyone standing near the rail. Explosions of water would shoot water upward from the river over 10 feet into the air at the base of the falls, creating the river spray that was blown down river. In addition, the river made a tremendous roar, which could be heard quite a distance from the shoreline. It is an impressive scene that I never tire of watching or photographing.
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