Flash Flooding Likely – Read These Safety Tips

photoFlash flooding of roads, streams, and other low-lying areas during heavy and prolonged rainfall can be dangerous. This is especially true for motorists attempting to negotiate a roadway that cannot be easily seen because of high water and limited visibility. Flooding due to high rainfall and swollen streams can take its toll on the unsuspecting driver.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department offers the following safety tips when flooding is forecasted and locations of past flooding areas.

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway; the depth, current, and condition of the road are all unknowns and can be deadly.
  • If you come to a flooded area while driving, stop and take an alternate route.
  • If your vehicle stalls on a flooded road and water is rising, get out of car, call 911, and move to higher ground.
  • Always stay away from floodwaters; even six inches of swiftly moving water can knock someone off their feet.
  • Approximately two feet of swift water can move or float most vehicles, including SUV’s and pickup trucks.
  • Never let children near flooded areas.
  • When flooding is predicted, keep your vehicle parked in your garage or on the driveway away from low-lying areas and large drains.
  • Be especially cautious during periods of limited visibility or nighttime when it is extremely difficult to see and judge conditions.


Previous County Flooding Locations


  • Georgetown Pike/Swinks Mill Road)
  • Swinks Mill Road/Burford Drive
  • Georgetown Pike/Lawton Street
  • Besley Road/Old Court House Road
  • Lawyers Road/Whippoorwill Road
  • Knollwood Drive/Glen Carlyn Drive
  • Popkins Lane/Coventry Road
  • George Washington Mem Pkwy/Duke Marsh
  • Bellhaven Community/Fort Hunt Road
  • Walker Road/Windswept Drive
  • Leigh Mill Road/White Chimney Lane
  • Shreve Road/Bucklew Drive
  • Burke Road/Liberty Bell Court
  • Guinea Road/Colony View Drive
  • Burke Lake Road/Kilenny Lane
  • Lee Jackson Mem Hwy/Airline Pkwy
  • Stringfellow Road/Melville Road
  • Old Lee Road/Braddock Road
  • Walney Road/Willard Road
  • Fairfax Station Road/Innsvale Drive
  • Chapel Road/Sangsters Court
  • Lee Highway/Sandy Point Lane
  • Lee Highway/Clifton Road
  • Lee Highway/Bradley Road
  • Richmond Highway/Lorton Road
  • Old Colchester Road/Pohick Creek
  • Old Colchester Road/Hassett Street
  • Fair Oaks Shopping Center/holding pond
  • Lee Jackson Mem Hwy/Waples Mill Road
  • Backlick Road/Cumberland Avenue
  • Guinea Road/Bayard Place
  • Woodburn Road/Spicewood Drive
  • Prosperity Avenue/Morningside Drive
  • Prosperity Avenue/Eakin Park
  • Old Mill Road/golf course
  • Richmond Highway/north of Route 235
  • Ferry Landing Road/Old Mt. Vernon Road
  • Browns Mill Road/Pennycress Lane
  • Browns Mill Road/Windstone Drive
  • Hunter Mill Road/Chamberlain Drive
  • Hunter Station Road/Hunter Mill Road
  • Hunter Mill Road/near Cedar Pond Drive
  • Edsall Road/Industrial Drive
  • Cherokee Avenue/Navaho Drive
  • Old Keene Mill Road/Jansen Drive
  • Huntsman Boulevard/Sydenstricker Road
  • Patterson Drive/Beachway Drive
  • Bellview Road/Old Dominion Drive
  • Brooke Road/Daleview Drive
  • Spring Hill Road/Georgetown Pike
  • Lewinsville Road/Holly Leaf Drive
  • Chichester Lane/Copeland Pond Court
  • Fox Mill Road/Folkstone Drive
  • Fox Mill Road/Thoroughbred Road
  • Newington Road/Cinder Bed Road
  • Braddock Road/Pleasant Valley Road
  • Springvale Road/Crippen Court
  • Stuart Road/Gillman Lane
  • Chain Bridge Road/Lee Highway




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