Monday, July 08, 2019

Washington D.C. Flooding Leads to Water Rescues, Stranded Vehicles

By Ron Brackett
July 8, 2019

A flash flood emergency was declared Monday morning for the nation's capital and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia after the area received nearly a month's worth of rain in an hour.

The heavy rains flooded numerous roads causing dozens of drivers to be stranded.


Rescue crews pulled motorists from cars stranded by the high water in Washington D.C. and many parts of Montgomery County, Maryland. In Virginia, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said it had responded to more than 30 calls for swift water rescues by about 9:30 a.m. EDT.


The National Archives building was closed after floodwaters inundated the main power vault, according to ABC News. The building houses the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights, but none of the three documents were impacted by the flooding, the report added.

Flooding was also temporarily reported in the basement of the White House Monday morning.


tags: severe weather, extreme weather

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