Flooding Causes Road Closures, Leaves Cars Stranded in Montgomery County

Beach Drive near Garrett Park Road. Via MCFRS Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer.

Montgomery County is under a Flash Flood Warning until 6:45 p.m. Thursday due to huge afternoon downpours.

Affected areas include Bethesda, Kensington and Aspen Hill. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said that downcounty was most affected by rain and flooding, causing roads like Beach Drive to close. Montgomery Parks alerted residents that Sligo Creek Parkway and Little Falls Parkway are also closed in some areas. 

Piringer said MCFRS searched high-water areas to check for stranded people. He said dozens of rescues were made for cars stuck in water. Rescue services received about 150 calls between 12:45-3:45 p.m., about 24 of which were for water rescues. MCFRS usually gets about 300 calls over a 24-hour period, Piringer said. 

The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) reminds residents to never push through flooded roads and to always turn around.

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in December with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. Maryam loves visual media and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.

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