Jul 29, 2014

Rescues Under Way as Montgomery County Under Flood Warnings

Montgomery County firefighters and emergency personnel have been called to several locations to rescue drivers stranded by flooding on area roads. The county is under a flood warning.

Rescues Under Way as Montgomery County Under Flood Warnings

Emergency officials have received calls to rescue stranded drivers in flooded areas Wednesday afternoon, according to Montgomery Community Media.

Montgomery County firefighters are responding to calls for help from several drivers whose cars are stranded in high waters from today’s flooding rains.

Fire Spokesperson Pete Piringer reported rescues are under way at Burning Tree Road and Melody Lane, Bradley Boulevard and Fallen Oak Drive, Littleton Street and Bushey Drive, Democracy Boulevard and Fernwood Road, and Genoble Street and Turkey Foot Drive.

In addition, the county’s Swiftwater Strike Team was called to a car stranded in high water in the 1900 block of Brighton Dam Road.

Montgomery County is under both a  flood warning and a flash flood warning as heavy rains pummel the area, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for urban areas and small streams in Montgomery County until 3 p.m. Wednesday. Heavy rain of up to one inch fell in the metro Wednesday morning, with similar rainfall rates expected for the next several hours, which will cause streams to rise out of their banks and cause flooding in urban areas.

In addition, the flash flood warning is in effect until 4:45 p.m. because of the potential for more rainfall on already soggy areas in the county. 

The  forecast calls for the area to receive up to 2 inches of rain today, with an inch of rain already recorded in the past 24 hours. Chances for rain are 60 percent through 7 a.m. on Thursday as skies begin to clear off.

Montgomery County’s website says all local park and elementary/middle school fields are closed today due to inclement weather or wet field conditions with the exception of synthetic turf fields. For updates call: 301-765-8787.

Here are some safety tips provided by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service for motorists who may be driving in heavy rains:

  • Know your location when you are driving. If you needed rescue, would you be able to direct emergency crews to your location? Distracted driving can lead to a situation where you are stranded and unable to direct emergency crews to you. Be alert.
  • Never drive through a flooded road or bridge. Turn Around – Don’t Drown and try an alternate route. In many cases, it takes far less than a foot of water to incapacitate a vehicle. It may stall, leaving you stranded, and depending on the level of water, you may not be able to open a vehicle door. Do not underestimate the power of moving water.
  • Watch for flooding at bridges and dips in the road. Never drive where water is over bridges or roads. The bridges or the road could suddenly be washed out. If you’re driving at night be especially careful. Often visibility is limited due to wind and rain.
  • Often what you can’t see below the surface of the water is far more dangerous than the high levels of that water. Remember that rocks, tree limbs and other debris can be caught in moving water and can be dangerous if you are forced to walk, wade or swim through flood waters.
  • If you have to walk or wade through flood water, use a stick to poke the ground in front of you with each step. It can help you determine water levels, the bottom surface and the safest possible way to get to higher ground.
  • Remember that flash floods can come without warning, and sometimes without weather. Be alert and heed all warnings and recommendations from officials.

Call 511 or visit  www.md511.org  for current travel information.

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