Flood Warning Tonight; Be Careful Around Roads, Creeks and Streams

Updated 11:35 p.m.

Flood warning in effect until 5:15 a.m.

Posted 5:48 p.m.

turn around don't drownThe National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for our area until 11:15 p.m. A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported.

From the weather service:

Three to six inches of rain has fallen. An additional one to three inches of rain is expected through this evening. The heavy rainfall will cause creeks and streams to rise out of their banks. 

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. When encountering flooded roads make the smart choice…turn around…don’t drown.

If you find yourself or see others trapped in a vehicle due to rising/standing water, call 9-1-1. We experienced water vehicle rescues earlier this year in July after heavy rain, so please pay attention, especially as it becomes dark outside:

View roads that historically flood in the county.

In addition to the driving safety tips, please keep children away from creeks and their potentially rapidly rising waters.

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.