Three to four inches
Three to four inches of rain fell in a short period of time this morning, bringing the Fourth of July weekend to a soggy end.
Roads were flooded throughout Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland as unwary commuters set out for work, only to find themselves sitting in gridlocked traffic or, worse yet, watching the water rise rapidly around their stalled cars.
Fairfax County officials issued a list of weather-related road closures.
The DC Fire and Rescue Department responded to numerous reports of people trapped in flooded cars, including at 15th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, at S. Capitol and Malcolm X Aves NW and at the Rhode Island Ave NE underpass at 4th St.
As of noon, DC Firie & Rescue confirms rescuing 15 people from their cars in high water — 6 on Canal Road NW, 3 at Malcolm X Ave & S. Capitol St SE, 3 at S. Capitol & Southern Ave SE, and 3 at 15th St. & Constitution Ave NW.
Turn around, don’t drown, police and fire departments throughout the area urged. Although the hardest rain had mostly stopped by noon, the forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, with rainfall amounts between one-half and three-quarters of an inch likely. Conditions are expected to clear by tomorrow.