Pounding Saturday rain meant water rescues and closed roads in Fairfax

As much as six and a half inches of rain pelted Fairfax County Saturday, flooding roads, downing trees and trapping several people in stranded vehicles.

Vehicle rescues included a person trapped in a truck in the 117300 block of Lakewood Lane in Fairfax Station and the occupants of a car at Woodburn Road and Spicewood Drive in Annandale.

Six and a half inches of rain was measured in Burke, 5.7 inches in Fairfax Station, 5.5 inches in Franconia and a little over five inches at Dulles airport.

At 7 p.m. Saturday night Fairfax County police issued this list of more than a dozen roads that were closed:


6800 block of Bull Run Post Office Road – Tree down


Roads open


Georgetown Pike at Centrillion Drive – Tree down

Old Courthouse Road at Besley Road – Water in roadway

8500 block of Lewinsville Road – Water in roadway


Prosperity Avenue at Woodburn Road – Water in roadway

3700 block of Prosperity Avenue – Water in roadway

Woodburn Road at Spicewood Road – Water in roadway

4700 block of Brookside Lane – Tree down


10300 block of Lawyers Road – Water in roadway


Edsall Road at Industrial Road – Water in roadway

Richmond Highway at Armistead Road – Water in roadway


Burke Road at Heritage Square Drive – Water in roadway

Ox Road at University Road – Malfunctioning traffic lights

Burke Lake Road at Kilkenny Lane – Water in roadway

Burke Centre Parkway at Burke Commons Road – Water in roadway


Miller Heights Road at Cranbrook Lane – Tree down

By 9 a.m. Sunday about half a dozen roads were still blocked by water, trees or wires.



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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.