There was chaos all over the region after four inches of heavy rain fell in an hour, the National Weather Service said the area was already seeing major flash flooding.
There were dozens of water releases all over the region, dead-end traffic along main highways, bus route cancellations, as well as more than 8,000 customers deprived of power supply.
Police officials along with the fire officials advised the commuters to stay off area roads as the region is under the warning of a flash flood.
The National Weather Service warned on Twitter said, “Travel will be EXTRAORDINARILY dangerous,” the tweet further added, “Stay out of low areas, if in a low area that may flood, seek higher ground. Stay off the roads if at all possible. This is not the ‘usual’ flooding.”
In the District, there were parts of Constitution Avenue NW that was closed as streets as well as sidewalks were fully flooded. People crowded under bus shelters along Connecticut Avenue NW. And foot-travelers or walkers had to leap over rivers of water at waysides.
The officials with D.C. Fire and EMS also stated that they responded to more than a dozen calls about drivers aground in high-water areas all over the city.
There was also severe flooding in the region but some of the most was held along Canal Road nearby Arizona Avenue, near the Fletcher’s Cove boathouse along the Potomac River.
Vito Maggiolo, who is a spokesman for D.C. Fire, said that there were many people who were rescued from the rooftops of their cars as they go up, trying to evade the water along Canal Road.
In Maryland, the Prince George’s County Fire department also stated that they received more than 30 flooding as well as eight water rescue calls on Monday morning. However, there were no injuries were reported.
Parts of the George Washington Parkway were also closed for the reason of flooding. At the Ayers Hardware store in Arlington, water just poured into the aisles.
The intense rains and flooding in the D.C. region caused severe problems in the Metro system. But on the other hand, by noon, Metro said that the service was recurring to normal condition on its rail lines. But VRE also warned that there may possibly be postponements in the afternoon commute for the reason of the high water along with parts of the line.
NWS also tweeted, “If you are in this FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY area, travel will be EXTRAORDINARILY dangerous, including washouts, #flooding over roads. Stay out of low areas, if in a low area that may flood, seek higher ground. Stay off the roads if at all possible. This is not the “usual” flooding.”
As per to the weather reports, severe storms on Tuesday is going to move into the western Great Lakes as well as Upper Midwest, where destructive winds, hail, and an isolated tornado are all might be possible.
Severe storms are also going to move into the Midwest as well as the central Great Lakes on Wednesday, which also comprises of major cities such as Chicago and St. Louis. The serious threats with these storms are going to be damaging winds along with large hail, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.