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July 09, 2019 15:47
Washington Roads Turn River After Incessant Heavy Downpour

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Heavy rains in Washington since Monday morning led to the flooding of roads. The police have urged drivers to stay off the roads. A flash flood warning has been extended until 1:45 p.m. for northwestern D.C., east-central Loudoun County, Arlington County, southern Montgomery County, Falls Church and northeastern Fairfax County.

Torrential rains have swamped Washington D.C. since Monday morning, causing massive road and rail delays, knocking out power for thousands and even partially flooding the White House basement. Little rainwater entered the press workspace in the basement near the White House's West Wing. Government employees worked day and night to drain small puddles of standing water with wet vacs.

However, officials told ANI that the White House basement was 'not' flooded. "There are spots on the carpet in a portion of the press area that got wet. This has happened from time to time," a source added.

Some of the most acute floodings were found along Canal Road along the Potomac River. The spokesman for D.C. Fire, Vito Maggiolo said that several people were rescued from the rooftops of their cars as they climbed out, trying to avoid the water along Canal Road.

“The start to the work week was not a pretty one for commuters as rains drenched the region. The weather department has predicted that rains will likely continue till late morning and afternoon hours on Monday,” Fox News reported.

With the possibility of some thunderstorms on Thursday, drier conditions are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday. Low humidity is expected for most of the upcoming week with a dry weekend ahead, the department added.

By Sowmya Sangam

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