Update (1:15 p.m.): Crews have finished cleaning debris and muddy parts of Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway. Montgomery Parks says the car-free sections have been reopened.
Our car-free sections on Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway are back open.
Thank you for your patience while our crews cleaned up storm debris. https://t.co/hktiJlL6vK
— Montgomery Parks (@MontgomeryParks) September 11, 2020
Original Post: According to Montgomery Parks, portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive are closed Friday due to extensive flooding that resulted from Thursday’s inclement weather.
In a press release, Montgomery Parks outlined the portions closed, which include:
- Sligo Creek Parkway
- From Old Carroll Avenue to Piney Branch Road (1.1 miles), and
- From Forest Glen Road to University Boulevard West (1.5 miles)
- Beach Drive from Connecticut Avenue to Knowles Avenue (2.7 miles)
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer tweeted Friday morning some of the damage and debris left behind from Thursday’s storms. Piringer was also at the scene Thursday, where he captured multiple instances of flooding throughout Beach Drive.
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) September 11, 2020
Parkwood Drive & Puller Road, Parkwood/Kensington, Rock Creek has overflowed it’s banks, Beach Drive is closed throughout Montgomery county pic.twitter.com/EpMdAR4PBl
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) September 10, 2020
The National Weather Service preliminary rainfall map indicates rainfall totals reached nearly five inches in and around the Rock Creek and Sligo Creek areas, contributing to the major flooding.
Normally, these parts of Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway would be open to pedestrians and bicyclists to ensure safe social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.