WASHINGTON - Officials warned residents of potential flooding Wednesday as thunderstorms producing heavy rain moved through the D.C. area.
The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for the District of Columbia and several surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia until 9:15 p.m., but it has since expired.
The D.C. region has been dealing with heavy rainfall since last weekend. Drivers are being advised to be careful out on the roads and to turn around when encountering flooded roadways.
A mail truck overturned in the area of Rock Creek Park in Northwest D.C. Wednesday evening, according to D.C. fire officials. The driver was found safe and unharmed.
#DCsBravest on scene Grant Rd & Davenport St NW. Mail truck over turned in the water. We searched area and found no victims. Avoid Rock Creek Park roadways due to debris and flooding. pic.twitter.com/Wk0RgUYUSl— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 25, 2018
The southbound lanes of Interstate 495 in Silver Spring were flooded during the evening rush as authorities were seen directing traffic to avoid the high water.
Looks like some trash blocked a drain on the beltway sb near colesville rd. pic.twitter.com/32I9KBbWvW— Steven Williams (@SteveWmsFox5) July 25, 2018
In Montgomery County, parts of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive were shut down to traffic.
Montgomery Park Police And Montgomery County Fire Rescue are shutting down intersections on parts of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive due to flooding and stranded vehicles. All occupants are reported safe. pic.twitter.com/3VX07ZddUT— Montgomery Parks (@MontgomeryParks) July 26, 2018
In Ellicott City, Howard County officials were warning residents in the Main Street area Wednesday night to get to higher ground as a precaution as water levels rose.
Please avoid Ellicott City’s Main Street. We are taking precautions as waters rise. We are closely monitoring the rainfall and rising water levels.— Howard County Gov't (@HoCoGov) July 26, 2018
Update on Main Street Ellicott City: The water did NOT breach the channel. Main Street is reopening. Based on guidance from @NWS we expect steady rain for the next hour or so, we expect the channel has the capacity to handle the rainfall. Please closely monitor conditions.— Howard County Gov't (@HoCoGov) July 26, 2018
A customer dining at SER Restaurant in Arlington witnessed water pouring inside the restaurant after the roof caved in from the heavy rain Wednesday night.
See the damage inside SER Restaurant at 1110 N Glebe Rd in Arlington after part of the roof collapsed and rain flooded the restaurant. pic.twitter.com/FpYEnse6nw— Allison Papson (@AllisonPapson) July 26, 2018
The recent downpours over the past few days have also led to several trees toppling over. A business owner captured a large tree falling in the street in Culpeper County. On Monday, a Fairfax County woman was killed after a big tree in her backyard fall onto her house while she was inside.
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