More Rain, Flooded Roads Tuesday Into Wednesday
Posted 10:45 a.m.
As the next wave of rain pours down on us, some roads are flooded in the county.
It may seem obvious, but it’s really important to turn around while driving if you encounter a flooded road. So far today, our Fire and Rescue Department has conducted four water rescues of people trapped in their vehicles in Reston, Annandale and Springfield.
Also, there’s been an uptick in the number of people moving cones and barriers to drive through flooded roads. Please don’t do this — those barriers are there for a reason.
Flood warnings and watches are in effect for the rest of today and into Wednesday.
Today: Showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase in coverage and intensity early today. This pattern will remain in place through at least Wednesday with multiple rounds of torrential rainfall possible. Although the amount of precipitation has decreased, we still could see between 2”-3” before tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow: The forecast for tomorrow is pretty much the same as today. We will see temperatures in the upper 70’s with periods of heavy rain and the chance of thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts are forecast to be much less and only a chance of 1”, however, that could change with any of the systems that move through a particular area in the county.
Some trees have fallen in the county because of the storms, including a fatality last night that occurred when a tree fell into a home in Burke.
Homeowners and property managers should keep an eye on their trees, checking the base of the trees, when it is safe to be outside, for any signs of the ground beginning to heave at the base of the tree. Saturation from all the rain we have already received, with more rain still to come, and the potential for strong winds in thunderstorms, a few trees may begin to lean and pull roots out of the soil.