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August 27, 2021 | Michelle Queen

NWS Issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Parts of Montgomery County

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a severe thunderstorm warning from now until 3,15 p.m. for portions of Montgomery County, including Germantown, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Olney, Damascus, Poolesville, Aspen Hill, Potomac, North Bethesda, Montgomery Village, North Potomac, Redland, Great Falls, Boyds, Wheaton-Glenmont, Wheaton, and Clarksburg. Winds may gust up to 60 mph and may cause […]

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May 6, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Swiftwater Rescues Increased During Pandemic

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel saved 114 people during 2020, an increase of 22 as compared with 2019. The vast majority of people were rescued on the Potomac River and on the Billy Goat A trail, both in the area of Great Falls. Also during 2019, the county fell victim to numerous flash floods […]

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April 19, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Two Rescued After Injuries on Billy Goat Trail

Two individuals were rescued on separate occasions near the Billy Goat Trail on Sunday. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) responded to the scenes after receiving reports that the individuals were trapped or injured, according to department spokesman Pete Piringer. The first rescue occurred on Billy Goat Trail A, at the Great Falls region […]

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March 2, 2021 | Rachel Clair

C&O Canal Towpath Makes USA Today’s Top 10 List

The C&O Canal towpath in Washington, DC and Maryland was ranked eighth in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Recreational Trails. The towpath is a dirt trail that runs parallel to the canal for the 184.5 miles from Georgetown to Cumberland. Before becoming a popular hiking trail, the path was built for canal mules to walk […]

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February 26, 2021 | Rachel Clair

Submerged in Water, Kayaker in Potomac River Rescued

A kayaker in the Potomac River, near Great Falls, was separated from his boat and plunged into the water on Wednesday. The boater was estimated to be submerged for 20 minutes in the 48 degree water with no wetsuit. This is considered to be hypothermic levels. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, with assistance from Fairfax […]

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July 10, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Water Rescue Crews Doubling Efforts to Remind People About Dangers Of Potomac River

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Swift Water Rescue Crews are doubling community outreach and education efforts about hazardous conditions in the Potomac River. MCFRS Swift Water anglers launched two boats to engage the public with the Potomac River and area of Great Falls on Friday. They say they will continue outreach efforts through the […]

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June 23, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Recent Drownings, Near-Drownings Reminders of the Dangers of the Potomac River

In just the past couple of weeks, there have been four drownings in and around the Potomac River. Two of them happened in the DC area near Chain Bridge, and two happened in Montgomery County. There have also been several near-drownings according to officials from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. Pete Piringer, MCFRS spokesperson, says […]

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August 7, 2019 | Staff Writer

NWS Issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Central Montgomery County Wednesday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a severe thunderstorm warning from now until 2:45 p.m. for  portions of Montgomery County, including Germantown, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Olney, Damascus, Clarksburg, Aspen Hill, Potomac, North Bethesda, Montgomery Village, North Potomac, Great Falls, Wheaton-Glenmont, and Wheaton. This storm may have wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and […]

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August 6, 2019 | Staff Writer

Thunderstorm and Flood Warning for Parts of Montgomery County

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning and flood warning for portions of Montgomery County. The flood warning is in place through 1 a.m. Wednesday, August 7.  About 2 inches of rain has already fallen. The locations that may experience flooding are Rockville, Gaithersburg, Potomac, North Potomac, Great Falls and Darnestown. Remember, […]

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July 22, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

Hiker Dies After Medical Emergency on Billy Goat Trail

A hiker who suffered a medical emergency likely caused by heat while on Billy Goat Trail in the area of Great Falls died after being airlifted to a local hospital on Saturday afternoon. U.S. Park Police identified the hiker as 32-year-old Rachel Parkerson of Severn, Maryland. It was determined that the cause of death was […]

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