Flooded roadways, stranded motorists after night of heavy rain

- Heavy overnight downpours flooded roadways around the D.C. area and made for a slippery morning commute. Tuesday night’s rainfall quickly brought high water to low-lying parts of the area. Some Flood Warnings remain in place. A Flash Flood Watch is also in place for areas to the west of D.C. from 12 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday.

In some parts of Fairfax County, high water stranded drivers in their vehicles. On Fairfax Station Road, FOX 5’s Melanie Alnwick reported that a motorist was helped to safety by rescue crews after their vehicle became trapped in high flood water. In Vienna, along Browns Mill Road, rescue crews assisted an elderly man to safety through knee-deep water after his car was stranded.

Near Annapolis, cleanup crews worked to remove debris from the beach at Sandy Point State Park after storms washed tree limbs and trash ashore.

FOX 5’s Mike Thomas says the heaviest of the rain has moved through our region and off to the north but we could still see some showers later this afternoon and evening. Thomas says rain is still in the forecast for Wednesday as a system makes its way through the area. We may see some rays of sun peaking through this afternoon but should be cautious as more storms are possible for later in the evening.

As always, motorists are advised not to drive through flooded roadways or around barricades as water may be deeper than it appears. High water can also hide washed out roadways or downed power lines. A vehicle can quickly be swept away in just a small amount of water.

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