Flooding concerns as heavy rain falls across DC region

- Heavy rain fell across the D.C. region Thursday morning and is expected to keep the area wet until the weekend.

Showers began during the evening Wednesday and pushed into the overnight hours. Heavy storms covered the area during the morning commute and caused flooding concerns in parts of the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Rainfall - as much as 3 to 6 inches - is expected in the region through Saturday. Some areas could possibly receive over 8 inches.

The National Weather Service is advising these precautionary preparedness actions:

These next few days will be a dangerous time requiring more than the usual awareness, planning and preparations.

- If you are near streams or drainage ditches, keep an eye on them and be ready to quickly seek higher ground. Water may rise rapidly.

- Clear out storm drains.

- Those prone to basement flooding should prepare. Communities prone to flooding should prepare.

- Continue to check in on the forecast for updates.

- Warnings will be issued for areas where flooding is imminent. Ensure you get warnings from the national weather service through your mobile phone and or NOAA weather radio.

- Be prepared to take action if a warning is issued for where you are or if flooding is observed.

- Ensure your kids don’t play near flood waters.

- Remember if you come across water crossing a road – turn around. Don’t drown!

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