Drive Carefully, Watch for Flooded Roads and Turn On Headlights
Updated 4:10 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Fairfax County until midnight.
Two to five inches of rain has already has fallen since Wednesday across the greater Washington, D.C. metro area; additional amounts of one to locally three inches are possible through this evening. This amount of rainfall would cause flooding of small streams and urban areas.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Posted at 3:15 p.m.
Motorists are reminded to be mindful of flooded roads on the commute home this afternoon. Fairfax County Police are currently reporting several road closures in the county.
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. When in doubt, remember to “turn around, don’t drown.” And please remember to turn on your headlights whenever you turn on your windshield wipers. Not only will it help your vehicle we seen — but it’s the law!
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
- A foot of water will float many vehicles.
- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups.
- Keep children away from creeks as water may rise rapidly.
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 you may want move your vehicles to higher ground. View a list of roads that traditionally flood in Fairfax County: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/hazards/roads-that-flood.htm