UPDATE: Car-Free Portions of Beach Drive, Sligo Creek Parkway Reopen After Major Flooding

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.

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.

Beach Drive. Via MCFRS Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer.

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.

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.

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Reid Flumbaum

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Reid Flumbaum is a senior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Broadcast Journalism. He loves technology, automotive journalism, and 80s music. He can be reached at rflumbaum@mymcmedia.org.

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