WASHINGTON - After days of rain, the D.C. region is not only waterlogged, but recovering from a lot of storm damage with downed trees and washed-out roads while water level at rivers and streams are still rising.
A portion of the Georgetown waterfront is closed off and flood gates are up as water from the Potomac River has overflowed over its banks. The river is already three feet higher than normal and it could get even higher overnight into Tuesday as the tide comes in.
According to the National Weather Service, the Potomac River is going to major concern for the next few days. In Great Falls, the powerful currents was evident after the area was hit with five to 10 inches of rain over the past couple of weeks.
Another trouble spot was in White’s Ferry in Poolesville, Maryland. The water has gotten so high that it has shut down local businesses until further notice until the water recedes.
In Laurel, Maryland, water from the Little Patuxent River washed away part of Route 198. That area will also be closed for an undetermined amount of time.
The National Weather Service said this coastal flooding is significant as some of the river levels are higher than they have ever been since 1996.
“The rivers and freshwater flooding is the main cause of death in the D.C. metro area,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Isha Renta. “Most of our deaths in the area are related to flooding so we need to keep people aware of when the flooding is going to occur so they can plan ahead and stay safe. Any businesses and homeowners along the rivers should be aware of where the flood stage is in their location so that they can make sure they can put their family to safety, go to upper levels, move to higher ground.”
The National Weather Service said it is not safe to be on water until at least Wednesday morning when flooding warnings expire.