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Federal workers on the morning commute

By Ed O'Keefe

Updated 10:52 a.m. ET
Washington-area residents Thursday endured a messy, and sometimes dangerous early morning commute thanks to heavy rainfall, flash floods and strong wind gusts.

"Nothing scheduled so far other than normal operations," Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said in an e-mail when asked if the government's operating status might be impacted by the storms.

So how did federal workers (and their friends and neighbors) do in the rain? Did they drive in or telework or just stay home? The Eye asked folks on his weather alert/government closings e-mail list (sign up here!) and here are a few responses:

"I catch the 5:56 train from Odenton to Union Station. Once we got to New Carrollton the Marc announcer said that a train broke down in Landover and we are going to push them to Union Station with us, which will be a 30 min delay. If you need to get off at New Carrollton and catch the Metro. Needless to say I was a hour late for work." -- April Brown, Justice Department

"Traffic was horrible and some roads were closed. Not able to Telework." -- Mayra Aguilera, National Institutes of Health

"Took Metro the whole way - no problems; maybe a couple minutes delay, but that's not unusual even in perfect weather." -- Elizabeth Pertsevoi, Universal Service Administrative Company

"Just fine, people need to give themselves enough time considering the weather." -- Andrea J Harlow, Defense Department

"I live in Gaithersburg and work at the FDA facility at White Oak. The commute this morning was awful even though I left home a bit early. First there was a tie-up on 270 due to an accident. The rest of the drive on 270 and the beltway was in driving rain. Luckily traffic was light. I heaved a sigh of relief when I reached White Oak without an accident." -- Robert J. Yaes, Food and Drug Administration

"I live in Waldorf and it took me 2 hours and 45 minutes to drive to Rockville where I work. I wished that it was something they would do about traffic all around in the surrounding areas. I do have many suggestions." -- Denise Lockhart, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

(Check back later for more...)

How was your drive to work? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 30, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
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It's rain, and not exactly a hurricane either!! Do we really need to live down to every negative stereotype of coddled beltway beauracrats? Grab an umbrella, drive normally and get over it.

Posted by: WoodbridgeVa1 | September 30, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

A normal commute for me, as well, from Alexandria to the White House area. Rain is rain, people.

Posted by: 1GovtGirl | September 30, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

A commute by car (probably alone) from Waldorf to Rockville means that person is messing up the commutes of a lot of other people.

I have suggestions, too.

Posted by: krickey7 | September 30, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Perfectly normal commute from Adams Morgan to Foggy Bottom (via the S1 bus) for me today.

Posted by: Eleiana | September 30, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I was shocked at how few people were on the Yellow/Red lines today around 9am when it is usually PACKED

I guess everyone stayed home

Posted by: Bious | September 30, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

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