Rain and Road Flooding in Fairfax County
Many areas of Fairfax County are experiencing heavy rain this afternoon. Some of these localized bands are producing isolated storm cells with even greater amounts of rain. Because of the duration of this storm, the ground is saturated and ponds are full, so any intense storm is causing rapid rises in streams, and these cells are popping up quickly with no real pattern.
With all high intensity rainfall, street flooding is possible – and some roads in the county are currently flooded. Secondary roadways may become impassable due to heavy rain and localized flooding. Motorists are reminded that if you find yourself driving in potential flash flood conditions, never drive through standing water on a roadway. Water may be much deeper than you think, causing your car to stall or even get stuck in hidden debris. Again, do not drive through flooded roads – “turn around, don’t drown.”
If you need help or witness someone needing help, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
If you live in a traditionally flood-prone area of the county, then it’s best to move your vehicles to higher ground.
View a list of roads that traditionally flood in Fairfax County: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/news/2011archive/2011_67.htm