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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/18/2010

Power outages, flooded roads

By Washington Post editors

Heavy rains continue to have an impact on the Washington region.

A flood warning has been extended for some parts of the region until 12:15 p.m.

Heavy rains continue to flood roads, leading to some closures. There have also been reports of downed trees at Beech Road and Porter Street NW, and Park Road and Beach Drive NW in the District, and Route 1 between Laurel and Beltsville. There's also a report of downed wires at Calvert and 18th streets NW.

And there are reports of power outages. Pepco is reporting 4,371 customers without power: 3,583 in Montgomery County; 502 in Prince George's; 213 in D.C.

Dominion says 708 customers in Northern Virginia are without power. And BG&E says they have 1,590 customers without power, the bulk, 1,548, are in Anne Arundel County.

Motorists rescued from flooded D.C. roads
8:35 a.m.
D.C. Fire and EMS officials say they rescued about a dozen motorists early Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding of many roads throughout the District.

Fire spokesman Pete Piringer said five to six people were rescued about 7 a.m. from cars stuck in rising water in the 4400 block of Broad Branch Road NW near Brandywine Street.

On Friday, a motorist had to abandon his minivan in the same area after rising water began bearing down on him. Bradley Broadus pulled himself up to a tree limb and held on until rescuers could get to him.

Rescue teams then helped several other motorists stuck in rising waters in the 4800 block of MacArthur Road NW.

Fire and EMS officials also had to send swimmers into rising waters on Canal Road NW near Fletchers Boathouse to rescue motorists from three to four vehicles, Piringer said. And another rescue team was called to help motorists in three to four other vehicles stuck in rising water at Waterside Drive near Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway.

A flood warning has been issued for much of the Washington region. Commuters can expect slow-moving traffic and some road closures.

By Washington Post editors  | August 18, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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Every time I read one of these stories, I scratch my head. If you see standing water on the road ahead of you, don't try to drive through it. It takes very little water to strand even an SUV and heaven forbid wash your car away. People who continue to do this put not only themselves, but rescuers, in danger. Is getting to work on time really worth your life. Use some intelligence.

Posted by: SabrinaDaddy | August 18, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Hey Sabrina
Have you ever been in Rock Creek Park? The water there can go from in bank to out of bank in nearly no time flat (as shown last week when they fan was swept away by a wall of water). There is a reason it's called flash flooding.

Posted by: bouncinggorilla | August 18, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Sabrina is isn't like these folks were driving down the road and all of a sudden a 20 foot high wall of water came over the road. Everytime someone is pulled out of their cars in a situation like this, and the press interviews them, they all have the same answer..."I didn't think the water would be that deep".

People who have to be rescued like this really are the dumb of the dumb.

Posted by: Nosh1 | August 18, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but both Sabrina and Nosh are making unfair, sweeping judgements.

First--absolutely a wall of water can come from nowhere...that is what is called a flash flood.

Second--I have been in situations where I saw standing water, stopped, turned around and found another route. But there are some roads you CANNOT do this! There is no opportunity to turn around.

AND, even if you do stop to avoid the standing water (risking getting rear-ended), it can keep rising when you have NO WHERE TO GO.
Ever been caught on the GW Parkway--or any one-way road with standing water? If you had, you might be a little less snarky.

Instead of calling people "idiots," maybe you should just count your blessings that it didn't happen to you and leave it at that.

Posted by: PFitzDC | August 18, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, PFitzDC and bouncinggorilla - not buying your arguments. Of course a select few will actually be caught in flash floods, but EVERY TIME (caps for a reason) stories are written about people who get stranded, the vast majority are folks who simply decided to drive into water they thought they could get through. And I didn't call them "idiots" (that's your choice of words) - I simply suggested they use some intelligence. There's a difference.

Posted by: SabrinaDaddy | August 18, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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